About the Imaging Center
Diagnosis is where treatment begins. The Imaging Center of the Howell Allen Clinic has been providing patients with a comprehensive range of diagnostic services, including X-ray, CT, MRI, myelogram and discogram since 1999.
At the Howell Allen Clinic Imaging Center, your exams are performed by American Registry of Radiologic-certified technologists and interpreted by experienced board-certified neuroradiologists.
The Howell Allen Imaging Center is located at 2214 Elliston Place, Ste. 200, Nashville, TN 37203. We are open from 7:00am-4:30pm with evening and Saturday MRI appointments for your convenience.
If you have questions about what to expect or how to prepare for your imaging procedure, call (615) 327-9543.
About the Imaging Center’s Machines
Howell Allen Imaging uses digital imaging technology – all images are transferred to your neurosurgeons office over our secure network.
MRI is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. Most exams take approximately 30 minutes to perform. For patients who are claustrophobic, oral sedation can be given.
CT uses multi-slice technology along with computers to produce images of your brain and spine that are more detailed than those produced by conventional x-ray exams.
Images are produced in a matter of minutes and sent to your neurosurgeons.
During myelography a special contrast is introduced into the space beneath the bones of your spine and images are made. The myelogram equipment is specially designed so that the patient only moves once or twice during the image-making portion of the test.
A discogram is a specialized test which supplements information from an MRI or CT scan. Discs are individually tested by injecting x-ray “dye” which increases the internal pressure of the disc. The disc is likely to be a source of pain if the injection elicits familiar back or neck pain. On the other hand, if no pain occurs during the injection of a disc, then that disc is not likely to be a source of pain.