Introduction to “Minutes: NEMA Ad hoc Technical Committee and American College of Radiology’s Subcommittee on Computer Standards”
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REPRODUCED ON THE following pages are the minutes of the first meeting of what would become the American College of Radiology–National Electrical Manufacturers Association (ACR-NEMA) Digital Imaging and Communications Standards Committee. The meeting that generated these minutes took place at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, IL, on Saturday, November 12, 1983. Notably, it was convened on a weekend and was not in conjunction with the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting, as might be expected.
That this meeting took place at all is a surprise as it assembled experts not only from industry (from whence many NEMA standards originate) but also from users of the products of that industry. Stories of the genesis of the joint ACR-NEMA effort have become nearly legends, and parties other than the ACR and NEMA were involved. Besides the organizations that would form the nucleus of the working standards body, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the Food and...