By 1963, RSNA was the largest scientific society for radiology all over the world. In this section, we continue to highlight the history of RSNA during mid-1960s. RSNA celebrated its 50 years anniversary in 1964. On the occasion, Howard P. Doub, MD, and the editor of Radiology, wrote a definitive history of the Society and published it in the November issue of Radiology just before the RSNA annual meeting. RSNA 1964 annual meeting was marked as a golden-anniversary celebration for the society.
However, after the meeting, two major issues took place, first, Theodore A. Tristan, MD, a young radiologist from Harrisburg, Pa, made a report to RSNA leaders that discussed the inadequacy of the Palmer House to hold RSNA meetings. He added that the arrangements made for exhibitions and classrooms for scientific sessions were not enough for the increasing number of RSNA members. Dr. Tristan concluded that such conditions would certainly limit the growth of the society. The second major issue took place just before the evaluation of Dr. Tristan’s report by RSNA executive committee. The committee got a letter for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The letter was saying that the society was no longer considered as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. IRS said so because the society was achieving revenue from space-renting in exhibitions in addition to the profits coming from selling advertising materials in Radiology.
RSNA leaders realized that they had to cope with new situation. They understood that if the society was going to continue, it would do so as a business or a corporate providing and selling educational material to radiology students. Yet, RSNA was negotiation with the IRS regarding its taxes situation. The Society said that the technical exhibitions and Radiology advertising materials were intended for educational purposes. The lawyers of RSNA suggested that RSNA change its annual meeting name to be “Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting”, the lawyers also recommended that RSNA was to place some of its incoming money into specific accounts made for educational or research purposes. Fortunately, IRS agreed to change the RSNA tax status to be considered again as a non-profit organization.
In the following year, 1965, the RSNA Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting had another new significant change. In order to cope with the increasing number of members, RSNA President, President Robert D. Moreton, MD, developed the scientific program to be directed by one chairman of an all-encompassing “Program Committee.” The Memorial Fund Lecture’s name was changed to the New Horizons Lecture in order to increase the range of topics discussed by radiologists later in the future meetings.
In the same time, Radiology continued as a first class publication recognized all over the world. A 25 years review of the journal was prepared and published by Radiology editor, Dr Doub, to highlight the advances in the journal since 1940.