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Diagnostic Services


MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to see inside the body more clearly than with other imaging equipment.

Our office has an open MRI unit without sides, which makes for a more pleasant, relaxing experience.

We are an accredited facility, which means:

  • Our clinic meets nationally-accepted standards
  • Our staff is well qualified to perform and interpret your medical images
  • The equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you need, and our facility meets or exceeds quality and safety guidelines
  • Doctor and nurse with patient who is in an open MRI


Ultrasound uses sounds waves to image portions of the body, avoiding unnecessary radiation. Gaining in popularity for musculoskeletal uses, ultrasound can be utilized to visualize soft tissues, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons and to guide injections into these areas. At Vanderbilt Bone and Joint, we have a portable ultrasound machine that can be taken into your exam room. You don’t have to worry about going to another facility to get your study or injection performed.

At Vanderbilt Bone and Joint, Jim Fiechtl, MD, has met the national standards for musculoskeletal ultrasound, achieving RMSK (Registered in Musculoskeletal Sonography) credentialing by the ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography). He is one of only a few in the state to meet these standards.


Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging where digital x-ray sensors are used instead of traditional photo film. Digital radiography makes clearer images in less time with less exposure to radiation than normal x-rays.