In the previous episode of RSNA history, we highlighted the fact that development in radiology was faster and more significant during 1970s more than the 1980s. One of the leading causes of this fact was funds. As the majority of funds offered by the US government were used by physicians in researchers relating to surgery or internal medicine.
One the other hand, the RSNA 1984 meeting took place in Washington D.C., at the new convention center in the city. It was planned that the meeting was to take place in Dallas. However, due to several issues experienced during the RSNA 1980 meeting in Texas City, the Society decided to move the meeting to another city. After several discussions, Washington D.C. was chosen.
William R. Eyler, M.D., who served as the editor of Radiology mentioned that 1985 was his last year in that position. He left the journal although he continued to service the RSNA and so far, he is the Society historian.
Stanley S. Siegelman, M.D., from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, was selected to replace Dr. Eyler as a new editor of Radiology. Although a lot of RSNA members thought that the editorial office of the RSNA was moving from Southfield, Mich., to Baltimore, this did not exactly happen. Adele Swenson, RSNA Executive Director realized that it was a chance to build a new Publications Department at RSNA HQ in Oak Brook, Ill.
In 1985, RadioGraphics was 3 years old; RSNA also continued to publish the Scientific Program for each annual meeting. There were plans to publish content of the categorical courses provided at each RSNA meeting. It was also noted that the revenue obtained by advertisements in RSNA journals was nearly the same or even higher in some years than the funds received from exhibitors at the meetings.
After discussions, RSNA editorial office in Michigan stopped its operations. Dr. Siegelman, along with a newly-hired editorial staff, started the peer-review process in Baltimore. Eventually, RSNA new Publications Department was built in Oak Brook. Donald A. Stewart, the managing editor of Radiology, started to service as the director of publications and begun hiring staff for the Oak Brook office.
1985 witnessed another important issue; RSNA Executive Director Ms. Swenson decided to retire. She chose Marian Godiksen, one of her close assistants; to serve as the staff manager until hiring a new executive director.
In the same time, RSNA leaders were thinking of new ways to provide needed funds for radiology researches apart of the governmental financial support. 1984 witnessed the establishment of the RSNA Research and Education Fund. Richard E. Buenger, M.D., a radiologist from Chicago, along with a team of lawyers, discussed the bylaws and to appoint a Board of Trustees to manage the fund.
The newly formed Board included RSNA previous presidents and R. Brian Holmes, M.D., RSNA 1976 President was the head of the Board. Moreover, Robert E. Campbell, M.D., a radiologist form Philadelphia, was asked to collect contributions from commercial companies for the new fund. Dr, Campbell was asked to do so due to his significant experience in raising funds in hospital he used to work at. An additional campaign was launched to collect funds from RSNA members as well.
RSNA 1984 meeting saw for, the first time, the official launch of RSNA Research and Education Fund. After few months, the new fund reached $500,000. The first sum given to a radiology research from the new RSNA Research and Education Fund took place in the summer of 1985.