In late 1980s, the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) celebrated its 75th anniversary. The Society continued to play its role in improving the level of radiologists in the United States and worldwide.
RSNA Hires a New Executive Director
In 1989, RSNA Board of Directors decided to hire Delmar J. Stauffer, from Illinois, to serve the Society as a new executive director. Stauffer had a master’s degree in health education from the University of Illinois. Before attending the RSNA, he served at the American Medical Association, the American Dental Association and the Chicago Dental Society.
On the other hand, Merle Hedland was chosen to be RSNA director of scientific meetings, taking the position as a replacement of George Schuyler, who was retiring.
Moreover, William J. Tuddenham, M.D., was also retiring after years of serving as the editor of editor of RadioGraphics. As a replacement, William W. Olmsted, M.D., took his place. Dr. Olmsted came from the George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
A new HQ for RSNA
Due to the significant increase in the number of RSNA staff during the 1980s, the Society decided to move to a new larger headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill.
In the same time, RSNA meetings were becoming too large that in 1989 meeting, a section of the newly-built North Building at McCormick Place was hosting scientific sessions. The Lakeside Center was also hosting other sessions within the event. Due to the obvious crowded settings, a lot of RSNA members started to show concerns that the Scientific Assembly was too large and the settings at McCormick Place were not enough to host it.
On the other hand, Derek C. Harwood-Nash, M.B., Ch.B., the RSNA Program Committee Chairman, thought that the scientific assembly was to show innovations in radiology in addition to being valuable to the practicing radiologist, radiation oncologist and medical physicist all over the world.
Eventually, RSNA released its Walk through the Week brochures that discussed customized scientific assembly in relation to subspecialty topics. The first brochure was released in 1989 meeting and it was focusing on interventional radiology. Other brochures followed, discussing other radiology sub-specialties such as neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology, gastrointestinal radiology and MRI.
Highlighting the progress of RSNA, Robert E. Campbell, M.D., spoke during his presidential address in RSNA 1989 meeting. He said that in 1974, technical exhibits took place on 43,000 square feet, while in 1989; 305,000 square feet were occupied by the exhibits.
Dr. Campbell continued saying that the largest exhibitor occupied an area of 640 square feet in 1974. In 1989, 15,000 square feet were occupied by the largest exhibitor. He added that Refresher courses were increased from 72 to 185 and the number of scientific papers had was elevated from 83 to 1,422. Dr. Campbell concluded “The future of your Society is bright. The horizons for growth and progress appear unlimited,”
RSNA and infoRAD
In 1990, RSNA Scientific Assembly became the largest annual medical meeting all over the world. That meeting witnessed the launch of a concept and demonstration area for computer-based education, research and practice-management programs. RSNA Electronic Communications Committee Chairman, Edward V. Staab, M.D., supervised that initiative which was called infoRAD for “informatics in radiology.”
RSNA started publishing a new meeting newspaper that was named the Daily Bulletin. It included information about the coming important events. The newspaper was distributed in hotels, buses, and on newsstands in McCormick Place.
In 1991, RSNA began publishing its RSNA News, a quarterly newsletter that aimed to inform RSNA members of the coming plans of the Society. RSNA President Carl J. Zylak, M.D., wrote in the inaugural issue of RSNA News “It is hoped that RSNA News will not only better identify and explain the workings of the Society, but also provide a forum for member comment and reflect the spirit of volunteerism that is essential to the success of all RSNA activities,”