ABOUT US

DRC was founded more than fifty years ago to provide radiology services to Hutcheson Medical Center, then known as Tri County Hospital.

In 1992, Drs. Busch, Huntzinger, Nelson, and Cureton contemplated a broader mission for the organization and renamed the group "Diagnostic Radiology Consultants, P.A." Over the last decade, DRC has expanded its services throughout the tri-state area and has seen its professional radiology staff swell to its current number of 10 board certified radiologists.

In 1996, DRC, in conjunction with Memorial Hospital, designed and oversaw development of a new outpatient imaging facility, known as Memorial Atrium Imaging Center located at the Memorial Atrium medical complex on Gunbarrel Road. Subsequently, DRC won CON approval to initiate MRI services at the Memorial Atrium facility to operate one high field and one low field open system at this location. DRC discontinued professional services at this location in June of 2006.

In 1998, DRC began providing professional services at North Park Hospital in Hixson, Tennessee. Working with Memorial Hospital, DRC modernized the imaging department, including the installation of the area's first 16 slice CT scanner. Imaging volumes grew from 1400 to 4000 per month. DRC discontinued professional services at this location in September of 2004.

In 1999, DRC became the first private practice radiology group in Tennessee to provide PET services. DRC worked vigorously with third party payers, hospitals, and other physician groups to develop and expand this new and emerging technology and is considered the leader in PET services in this area. In 2004, DRC initiated their new PET/CT service, Diagnostic PET/CT, at their new facility located in the Diagnostic Center Office Building on the campus of Parkridge Hospital.

Throughout its history, DRC has worked closely with Hutcheson Medical Center in providing leading edge imaging services to the patients of North Georgia. This long list of innovation includes: the area's first body CT scanner, Digital Subtraction Angiography, Remote Digital Fluoro-radiography, and a fully integrated Digital PACS imaging department. DRC has provided 24-hour teleradiology services to its physicians and patients since 1992.

In 2004, DRC and Hutcheson Medical Center designed and opened Battlefield Imaging, the area's only full service, all-digital outpatient imaging center. The facility is located in the new Hutcheson on the Parkway campus on Battlefield Parkway adjacent to the new Fuller Cancer Center. This state of the art facility offers such new services as PET/CT, the area's only full field Digital Mammography, and Siemens 1.5 Tesla high field open MRI.

Recognizing the need to provide professional services to the growing number of private physician groups who have begun to offer their own imaging services, DRC developed Specialty Networks. This innovative company provides image data management and storage services to our clients, allowing DRC the ability to provide professional services as well as providing a cost-effective alternative to our physician clients to meet their image data archival and display needs.

In 2005, DRC contracted with Galen Medical Group to open an imaging center in their office building on Gunbarrel Road for patient convenience to their medical offices. The imaging center is a full-service, completely digital imaging center offering major modalities including cardiac imaging and digital mammography, with less radiation exposure and less painful compression. DRC discontinued professional services at this location in 2006.

In 2006, DRC opened Tennessee Imaging and Vein Center on Gunbarrel Road with a full range of diagnostic imaging examinations in a convenient outpatient setting as well as a Vein Center for treating spider veins and varicose veins in the legs with three board certified Vascular and Interventional radiologists. These vein procedures are performed in an outpatient setting and require only local anesthetic, avoiding the risks of general anesthesia. Therapeutic injections can also be performed at this site.

In 2007, Tennessee Imaging Downtown in Kindred Hospital was opened by DRC for the convenience of those living in downtown Chattanooga. It has state-of-the-art Computed Tomography and Diagnostic X-ray capabilities as well as Interventional Radiology, including Radiofrequency Ablation, an FDA-approved technique that is used to destroy tumors in tissue. Percutaneous RFA is used to treat cancer in patients who are unable to undergo an open and more invasive traditional surgical procedure. Another advantage of percutaneous RFA is patient recovery since the procedure can be done on an outpatient basis or requiring a brief overnight stay in the hospital.

DRC acquired in 2008 the Chattanooga Outpatient Center on McCallie Avenue, a fully digital imaging center with Women’s Breast Center, with installation in 2010 of the new 3T Open MRI to accommodate patients with pain, mobility, and respiratory needs with faster scan times and superior image quality at the same cost as lower field MRI scans.

NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
For
Diagnostic Radiology Consultants (DRC)
Date Effective 10/15/2007

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

Introduction

At DRC we are committed to treating and using protected health information about you responsibly. This notice of Health Information Practices describes the personal information we collect and how we disclose this information. It also describes your rights as they relate to your protected health information. This Notice applies to all protected health information as defined by federal regulations.

Uses and Disclosures
  • We are permitted to use or disclose your health information for treatment purposes. For example, we may provide
  • health information to another doctor or other health care providers to assist them in treating you once you have been released back to your primary care physician.
  • We are permitted to use or disclose your health information for payment. A bill may be sent to you or a third-party payor such as an insurance carrier. The information on or accompanying the bill may include information that identifies you as well as your diagnosis, procedures, and supplies used.
  • We are permitted to use or disclose your health information for regular health operations. For example, members of our organization may use information in your health record to assess the care and outcomes in your case and others like it. This information will then be used in an effort to continually improve the quality and effectiveness of the healthcare services we provide. In addition, we may also use your name, address, phone number, and clinical records to contact you to provide appointment reminders, information about treatment alternatives, or other health related information that may be of interest to you. If you are not available to receive an appointment reminder or other message, a message will be left for you at your contact numbers given to us.

You have the right to refuse to give us authorization to contact you for appointment reminders, information about treatment alternatives, or other health related information. If you do not give us authorization to contact you, it will not affect the treatment we provide to you or the methods we use to obtain reimbursement for your care.

Permitted Uses and Disclosures Without Your Consent or Authorization

Under federal law we are permitted to use or disclose your health information without your consent or authorization in these following circumstances:

  • We are permitted to use or disclose your health information if we are providing health care services to you based on the orders of another health care provider.
  • We are permitted to use or disclose your health information if we provide health care services to you as an inmate.
  • We are permitted to use or disclose your health information if we provide health care services to you in an emergency.
  • We are permitted to use or disclose your health information if we are required by law to treat you and we are unable to obtain your consent after attempting to do so.
  • We are permitted to use or disclose your health information if there are substantial barriers to communicating with you, but in our professional judgment, we believe that you intend us to provide care.

Other than the circumstances described in the preceding five examples, any other use or disclosure of your health information will be only made with your written authorization.

Your Health information Rights

Although your health record is the physical property of DRC, the information belongs to you. You have the right to:

  • Obtain a paper copy of this notice of information upon request.
  • Inspect and copy your health record as provided for in CFR 164.524.
  • Amend your health record as provided in 45 CFR 164.528.
  • Obtain an accounting for disclosures to third parties of your health information for up to 6 years.
  • Request communications of your health information by alternative means or at alternative locations.
  • Request a restriction on certain uses and disclosures of your information as provided by 45 CFR 164.522.
  • Revoke your authorization to use or disclose health information except to the extent that action has already been taken.
Our Responsibilities

Diagnostic Radiology Consultants is required to:

  • Maintain the privacy of your health information,
  • Provide you with this notice as to our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to information we collect and maintain about you,
  • Abide by the terms of this notice,
  • Notify you if we are unable to agree to a requested restriction, and
  • Accommodate reasonable requests you may have to communicate health information by alternative means or at alternative locations.

We reserve the right to change our practices and to make the new provisions effective for all protected health information we maintain. Should our privacy practices change, we will notify you in writing the next time you come in for treatment. We will not use or disclose your health information without your authorization except as described in this notice. We will also discontinue to use or disclose your health information after we have received a written revocation or the authorization according to the procedures included in the authorization.

For More Information or to Report a Problem

If you have questions and would like additional information, you may contact DRC Privacy Officer at (423) 893-7226.

Other Forms of Disclosure

Notification:

We may use or disclose information to notify or assist in notifying a family member, personal representative, or another person responsible for your care, your location, and general information.

Communication with Others:

We may disclose to a family member, other relative, close personal friend, or any person you identify health information relevant to that person’s involvement in your care, payment related to your care, or for appointment reminders.

Federal and State Agencies:

As required by law we may disclose health information to public health and legal authorities charged with preventing or controlling disease, injury, or disability.

Law Enforcement:

We may disclose information for law enforcement purposes by law or in response to a valid subpoena.