Outline of the Society
The Japanese Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology was established on January 1, 1960, as the eighth sectional committee (chairman: Nobuyuki Hanamura) of the Japanese Association for Dental Science, which was established afresh on the same day on the basis of autonomy and universality. The history of the society dates back to a certain day before it was established, July 20, 1951, when Shoichi Ando, Eiichi Akamatsu, Chiyo Ninomiya, Toshiro Misaki, Takeo Murai, Fumio Manome, Noboru Sonoyama and Yoshio Watanabe got together at the request of Dr. Nobuyuki Hanamura who was the head of the Department of Dentistry at Sanraku Hospital, and those 9 members established a workshop on dental radiology. With additional members joining afterward, on September 21 of the same year, this workshop became the Dental Radiology Assembly, consisting of 23 members. At the beginning, the Dental Radiology Assembly was held every other month; later, it was held every month except July and August. A total of 55 assemblies was held for about 8 years until it was dissolved in favor of the Japanese Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology. On January 22, 1960, the Kanto Block of the Japanese Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (chairman: Nobuyuki Hanamura) was established, and on November 20 of the same year, the Kinki Block, which later became the Kansai Block, was established (chairman: Chikara Matsushima).
The first general assembly of the society was held on October 16, 1960 at Nihon University School of Dentistry with a membership of 167. The first issue (vol. 1, no. 1) of Shika-Housyasen, the official journal of the society, was published in 1960. The first achievement in dental radiology in Japan is believed to be the case report published in Shikaigaku-Sodan in 1897, long before the establishment of the Japanese Society for Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, and since then presentations at academic meetings, academic papers, and books have been well documented by 1945. (Masaru Suzuki: A history of dental roentgenology in Japan, Shika-Housyasen (8:53-72, 1967))