In this episode of RSNA history, we discuss the major events that took place during late 1990s and early 2000s.
Anthony V. Proto, M.D., in 1997, started to serve RSNA as a new editor-designate of Radiology. Dr. Porto worked for while with the previous editor, Stanley S. Siegelman, M.D., before the latter decided to resign for retirement. The first Radiology issue published under Dr’ Porto’s supervision appeared in 1998.
In 1998, RSNA was about to finish building of its new headquarters. The new building occupied 5.3 acres of vacant land in Oak Brook, Ill. It has four floors, RSNA used three of them, a part of the first one with the second and third, while the fourth floor was leased.
Combing Healthcare and IT
Realizing the increasing role of IT in healthcare, the RSNA Electronic Communications Committee started to cooperate with corporate representatives for better application of IT in radiology. RSNA was working with the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, also based in Chicago. This cooperation resulted in the introduction of Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) initiative, which aimed to promote standardization, and eventually interaction, between different systems. IHE resulted in enhancing healthcare workflow which, in return, improved the services offered to patients.
More Funds for More Education
During RSNA 1998 meeting, the Society’s Board of Director was working to make sure that financial supports for radiology education continue. RSNA President David B. Fraser, M.D. announced that a sum of $10 million was to be donated to the Research & Education Fund. The donated fund was to be used for starting educational grants. Dr. Fraser add that the donated fund was to be called “RSNA Research & Education Foundation”
On the other hand, RSNA created two new titles, RSNA Science Editor and RSNA Education Editor; both were added to aid in enhancing the cooperation between educational and scientific publishing activities. Dr. Porto was chosen as RSNA Science Editor, while William W. Olmsted, M.D., RadioGraphics Editor, was selected as RSNA Education Editor.
Dr. Olmsted had interesting plans to provide more educational opportunities, using electronic applications, for Society members in addition to radiologists all over the world. Therefore, the Learning Center was changed into RSNA Education Center, and the Editorial Board of RadioGraphics became, under Dr. Olmsted’s supervision, the Education Center Editorial Board.
During RSNA 2000 meeting, the Scientific Program scheduled so similar activities and events were to be held in the same time. Meanwhile, the scientific exhibit was renamed to be known as education exhibit.
After RSNA Executive Director, Delmar J. Stauffer, passed away in 2000, the Society began checking for new candidates to fill his position. Dave Fellers, C.A.E., was chosen in 2001 as the new RSNA Executive Director.
Also in 2000, RSNA introduced its websites, www.rsna.org and RadiologyInfo.org after renovations. The Society began providing online education courses via InteractED.
Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there were calls from RSNA members and exhibitors to cancel that year’s meeting due to fear of another terrorist attack. After consultations, RSNA management, led by Society President Jerry P. Petasnick, M.D., decided to go on with the event, which had less attendees than the previous year, but the number grew back again in 2002 RSNA meeting.
RSNA and Digital Era
In 2002, RSNA allowed its members to renew their membership, make changes in their profiles, or even donating to the RSNA Research & Education Foundation, using the Society’s website.
Meanwhile, all scientific abstracts prepared for the RSNA annual meeting were sent online. The Schedule of the meeting along with course registration were offered online.
Radiology was starting to allow sending electronic manuscripts via a Web-based manuscript submitting system and peer-review solution named Radiology Manuscript Central. Since 2002, all RSNA members had free access to the Society’s online journals.
RSNA 2002 meeting had a very interesting theme, “Leading Medicine’s Digital Transformation.” which indicated the role of digital technology in promoting radiology. RSNA President, R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D., was inviting radiology professionals to “vigorously and enthusiastically accept this digital revolution in our practices.”