50 Years of Serving You

We've come a long way in 50 years (and we don't just mean the fashion). Since 1967, Charlotte Radiology has become one of the nation's largest and most progressive radiology groups. We've pioneered treatments and fostered medical innovation—in a city that's known nationally for setting trends of its own. Join us as we take a look back on five decades of progressive moves right here in Charlotte.

1967

Our six founding physicians sign agreement to provide radiological services at Charlotte Memorial Hospital

1970

SouthPark Mall opens with anchor stores Belk, Ivey's and Sears. The area was considered the outskirts of town, and people were skeptical about a shopping mall in the middle of pastureland.

1971

Charlotte's progressive reputation solidifies when the city became the US test case for court-ordered busing to integrate schools.

1974

Charlotte becomes known nationally as the "city that made integration work."

1974

Charlotte City Council officially declares the city center "Uptown" as opposed to the more common "downtown," as a means of promoting Charlotte's positive, upbeat attitude.

1975

Charlotte Radiology physicians begin readings on the area's first CAT machine at Charlotte Memorial Hospital

1978

Charlotte Radiology physicians begin teaching medical students from UNC School of Medicine

1980s

Charlotte Radiology transitions to sub-specialty practice by hiring fellowship-trained physicians to provide expertise and treatments for specific areas of the body

1980

Charlotte Radiology physicians take part in clinical trial to bring a new type of scanner to the Charlotte area: MRI

1981

Discovery Place opens, Charlotte's "hands-on" children's museum, growing from the Nature Museum that was founded in 1947.

1983

Harvey Gantt is elected mayor of Charlotte, becoming the first African-American mayor of a majority-white US City.

1983

Charlotte Radiology hires the area's first radiologist trained in minimally invasive interventional treatments

1984

Physicians from Providence Radiology (soon to become part of Charlotte Radiology) develop a process to offer low-cost screening mammograms—paving the way for mammography to be used as more than a diagnostic tool

1985

To address traffic challenges, $225 million is pledged to build the "outerbelt," a circular highway that would take 20 years to build—known today as Interstate 485.

1987

Charlotte Radiology hires the area's first fellowship trained orthopedic radiologist to meet the needs of local orthopedic surgeons

1988

Charlotte makes its way onto NBA courts with the Charlotte Hornets, playing their first game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

1990s

Charlotte is named a Latino "hypergrowth" city, ranking 4th in the nation.

1992

The 60-story Nation's Bank Corporate Center opens, the tallest skyscraper in the South.

1990

Charlotte Radiology continues to expand to meet hospital growth, employing 26 radiologists by year end

1993

Charlotte's love affair with sports spreads to the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and minor league baseball with the Charlotte Knights.

1998

Hugh McColl purchases San Francisco's Bank of America and moves the headquarters to Charlotte, creating the nation's first ever coast-to-coast bank.

2007

Charlotte Radiology supports the opening of Levine Children's Hospital with monetary donation, gaining sponsorship of the "X-ray Café"

2006

Charlotte Radiology is the first to bring digital mammography to the Charlotte area

2011

Charlotte Radiology is the first in the area to offer mobile mammography with digital technology

2010

The NASCAR Hall of Fame and Bechtler Modern Museum of Art both open in uptown Charlotte.

2017

Charlotte Radiology employs its 100th physician and continues to be one of the nation's largest and most clinically progressive radiology groups

2013

Charlotte Radiology is the first to bring Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) to Charlotte