American Roentgen Ray Society

Last revised by Daniel J Bell on 2 Aug 2021

The American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), founded in 1900, is the oldest learned society for radiologists in the United States. It publishes the monthly American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR).
Its current President is Jonathan Kruskal.

  • American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR)
    • current editor is Andrew Rosenkrantz
  • ARRS InPractice, a quarterly newsletter for its membership, covering important clinical and non-clinical matters
  • 2021-2022: Jonathan Kruskal
  • 2020-2021: Alex Norbash
  • 2019-2020: Ruth C Carlos
  • 2018-2019: Philip Costello
  • 2017-2018: Bernard F King, Jr.
  • 2016-2017: Mauricio Castillo

In early 1900, John Rudis-Jicinsky, a physician practising in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, penned a letter to Heber Robarts (1852-1922) (the editor of the American X-Ray Journal) proposing the establishment of the first American radiological organization. Consequently the Roentgen Society of the United States was founded on 26 March 1900 by a small group of about fifteen individuals,  mainly physicians, convened by Robarts in his office in St Louis, Missouri, USA 1. At this meeting Heber Robarts was appointed first president of the new society, with John Rudis-Jicinsky as its secretary. 

The new Society held its first annual meeting at the Grand Central Palace in New York City on 13 to 14 December 1900, with approximately 150 delegates. 25 scientific papers were presented at the first meeting and there was a large commercial exhibition 1.

In 1901, at its second annual meeting held in Buffalo, New York, the Society changed its name to the Roentgen Society of America, primarily to encourage Canadian physicians, interested in radiology, to join the organization 1

In 1902, the new Society started its first publication, the Transactions of the American Roentgen Ray Society, which was published just once a year. Its first issue carried the full text of papers presented at its third annual meeting. Following the seventh annual meeting in 1906, it was decided that the Transactions would become the American Quarterly of Roentgenology. The journal finally turned monthly in 1913, being renamed the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR) in the process 1.

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