Diagnostic imaging in Nashville, Tennessee

Patients at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center have access to cutting-edge imaging services. Whether you are coming in for a routine checkup or need scans before you can begin treatment, you will receive exceptional care from our medical staff.

Imaging tests we offer

Diagnostic imaging is an essential part of treatment for serious conditions and diseases. It is also an important part of preventive health. For example, imaging is vital to cancer detection and treatment. It is also the first step to quickly and effectively treating time-sensitive, life-threatening symptoms, such as chest pain or signs of stroke.

The imaging services available to our patients include:

Computed tomography (CT) scans

CT scans use X-ray technology to take multiple images of organs, bone, soft tissue, blood vessels and other areas of the body. This creates a detailed, cross-sectional picture of a bodily structure.

Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans

DEXA scans use X-ray imaging to measure bone density. These tests help doctors detect and treat orthopedic conditions, such as osteoporosis.


A type of nuclear medicine, fluoroscopies use contrast dye. The patient ingests the material, and a technician can use X-rays to watch the liquid move through the body.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans

MRI scans use a magnetic field and radio waves to create highly detailed pictures of organs and other body structures.


Often used for breast cancer screening, this test uses X-rays to produce an image of one or both breasts. The Women's Imaging Center at TriStar Southern Hills East uses 3D mammography technology to create a more comfortable experience for our patients. 


Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to create a detailed image of an organ or similar structure.


X-rays use electromagnetic radiation to generate images of bodily structures. Many other tests, such as mammograms and DEXA scans, use X-ray technology.

Interventional radiology

At TriStar Southern Hills, our interventional radiologists can use minimally invasive, targeted treatments instead of traditional surgical techniques. These procedures, used to treat a variety of conditions, are performed with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. They are guided by radiological imaging techniques, such as X-rays, MRI scans, fluoroscopies, ultrasounds and CT scans.

Interventional radiology is associated with several benefits, including:

  • Usually no need for general anesthesia
  • Reduced risk, pain and recovery times
  • The ability to perform most procedures on an outpatient basis or with a minimal hospital stay

Preparing for your imaging test

Before scheduling a test, your attending radiologist will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Any allergies or current medications
  • Whether you might be pregnant

This information helps radiologists and doctors recommend the safest, most effective imaging methods for you.

Directions to our imaging centers

Our imaging services are offered at two locations at TriStar Southern Hills. At each location, all of our radiologists are board–certified by the American College of Radiology.

The address for appointments at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center is:

391 Wallace Road
Nashville, TN 37211

Turn into the medical campus from Wallace Road. Follow signs to the front entrance and nearby parking.

The address for Women's Imaging at TriStar Southern Hill East is:

510 Recovery Road, Suite 101
Nashville, TN 37211

This location only offers mammography and outpatient ultrasound services.

Imaging services at TriStar Health

Imaging services refers to the performance of imaging exams for better visualization and treatment of medical conditions. Different exams allow radiologists and physicians to view structures and activity within the body. Imaging exams are vital for diagnosis and there are a wide range of tests that can be performed.

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