Address 1801 Union Ave. Memphis, TN 38104
Phone 901.516.9000
Hours Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm
MRI/CT: 7am-5pm

Everything at Methodist Diagnostic Center is designed to make your diagnostic imaging experience as smooth and successful as possible.

Everything at Methodist Diagnostic Center is designed to make your diagnostic imaging experience as smooth and successful as possible. Using state of the art technology, we will provide your doctor with the most accurate information in a timely manner. Staffed by diagnostic imaging specialists, we offer a variety of amenities to assure your comfort and convenience.


Preparing for Your Visit

There are a few things you will need to do before you arrive at the Methodist Diagnostic Center to ensure your exam goes as smoothly as possible. The following gives you a snapshot of procedures we offer and how to prepare.

For All Procedures

  • Please bring with you any forms from your physician related to your diagnostic procedure.
  • Be prepared to pay any insurance co-payments due at the time of service.
  • Speak to your personal physician if you require anti-anxiety medications for your diagnostic procedure.
  • Always inform our staff if you could be pregnant.


MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a magnet and radio waves to capture images of internal organs and tissues.

MRI allows your doctor to see these areas from any angle with great clarity and provides detailed information.

Important To Remember:

  • When scheduling your appointment, please let our staff know if you have a pacemaker, surgical clips, prosthesis, metal implants or any other metal objects in your body.
  • Other metal items such as watches, coins, keys, bobby pins, credit cards, pocket knives, etc. should be left at home or with staff for safekeeping.
  • Please inform our staff if you have permanent eyeliner or eye shadow.
  • If you are diabetic, please take your regular medication and eat a light meal.
  • Depending on the type of MRI you are having, an IV injection of contrast media may be required. If so, an MRI technologist will discuss this with you prior to your exam.

CT Scan

CT scan 1  CT (Computed Tomography), sometimes called a CAT scan, uses x-ray technology to capture images from different angles around the body.

These images are then processed by a computer to show a cross-section of your body tissues and organs.

Important To Remember:

  • Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, but avoid clothing with metal zippers and snaps.
  • You may be asked to remove hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids and any removable dental work, depending on the part of the body that is being scanned.
  • Always inform your doctor or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
  • Depending on the type of CT you are having, an IV injection of contrast media may be required. If so, a CT technologist will discuss this with you prior to your exam.

Bone Densitometry

Bone Densitometry measures the amount of bone in different parts of the skeleton.

This examination can predict the risk of future fractures, as well as monitor changes in bone density.

Important To Remember:

To ensure an accurate test, please do not eat or drink anything containing calcium for four days before your appointment.



 Ultrasound An ultrasound uses inaudible high frequency sound waves to create images. These exams are common and painless.

Important To Remember:
  • If you are having an obstetrical, bladder or pelvic ultrasound, you must have a full bladder. Please drink at least 32 ounces of water 45 minutes before your appointment.
  • If you are having an abdominal, bile duct, gall bladder, liver, mesenteric or pancreas ultrasound, please do not eat or drink 12 hours before your appointment.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radiation to create images of both organ function and structure.

The radioisotope is administered using an IV injection prior to the exam.

Important To Remember:

When you arrive for your exam, please inform our staff if you could be pregnant, if you have diabetes or if you have any prosthetic implants.

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Mammogram  Mammography is the study of the breast using high-resolution X-ray technology to screen for irregularities. All of our Methodist Diagnostic Centers provide digital mammography for our patients.

Important To Remember:
  • On the day of your examination, please do not use any lotions, creams, perfumes, powders or deodorant on or around your breast.
  • Always inform our staff if you could be pregnant.

Diagnostic Radiography

Diagnostic radiography uses X-ray technology to produce high quality images of the body. Please speak with your physician about the requirements for your X-ray.

FAQ about Exams

Why are diagnostic exams important?
Diagnostic imaging allows physicians to see images of your body in great detail from many angles. Testing gives them more information quickly and accurately to help understand your medical condition.

Will it hurt?
Not at all. Since all of our exams are non-invasive, your exam will be painless. However, your doctor may utilize a contrast agent to better visualize a part of the body. If this is the case, you may receive an injection prior to or during the exam.

Will I be alone?
No, you will be in contact with a technician at all times through a large patient viewing window when he or she must leave your room. In some cases, a friend or family member may be able to stay in the scan room with you during your exam.

How will I get my results?
A physician at Methodist Diagnostic Center will analyze the images and send a signed report with his or her interpretation to your personal physician. Your personal physician will communicate with you about the results.

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