The Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council (PIDSC) is composed of Society members who have an interest in medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysisand their applications in therapeutic, diagnostic or investigational nuclear medicine.

PIDSC's mission is to promote the dissemination of knowledge and the advancement of medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysis and their applications for diagnosis and treatment in nuclear medicine to its members and to the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging as a whole. The objectives of the Council to carry out the mission are:

  1. To promote effective use of medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysis in the diagnostic, therapeutic, and investigational applications of nuclear medicine, including molecular imaging initiatives;
  2. To provide a forum for the members of the Society of Nuclear Medicine who have an interest in medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysis;
  3. To provide members of the Society of Nuclear Medicine with a source of information on medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysis.


Dear colleagues and friends, 

I would like to personally welcome you to the PIDSC. I have the honor to succeed Dr. Arman Rahmim as President of the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council.  I would like to first thank him for his service and leadership for the Council.  I would like also to thank Dr. Mark Smith who has just ended his term as Immediate-Past-President, for his dedication to our Council and his great leadership over the last few years. 

Our field is seeing many exciting developments on multiple fronts, being developments and applications of Machine/Deep Learning to nuclear medicine, continuing developments to novel algorithms for image reconstruction and data analysis or technological developments and expansion of radio-nuclide for imaging and therapy to cite a few. Our council members are leading experts in their respective areas of research and are always highly solicited for training and education. 

Please help us make the SNMMI and our council relevant by your involvement in organizing, presenting or by your suggestion of topics for categorical or continuing education sessions at our mid-winter or annual meetings.  One of our primary activity of PIDSC is to ensure the educational sessions meet the needs of the SNMMI community.  We will soon start planning the educational sessions for the 2020 annual meeting and the call for proposals will be announced in a few weeks. Stay tuned. We are looking for your contribution(s). 

Also PIDSC is here to serve the interests of physicists and engineers working in nuclear medicine, and as you may have seen, PIDSC has started to initiate collaborations with the AAPM with joint-sessions at the annual meeting. This is a great way to connect and reach out with our sister societies. SNMMI Connect is another way to stay connected with our peers and we will be posting relevant announcements to our Council members, so make sure you are connected!

I would like to finish by thanking our exiting Board members, and welcome our newly elected Board members serving this year.

I wish you all a very successful year.

Richard Laforest, PhD, PIDSC President

Useful Web Links and Resources

Web Link to GIF or PNG Downloadable DICOM Image
SMPTE test pattern
also available as first image of
Gray Sphere test pattern
also available as second image of
RGB and White uniform images

RBG and white uniform images

Information on Board Exam / Certification:

National QMP Registry

(Confirms qualifications of board certified medical physicists)

American Board of Radiology

American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine

American Board of Medical Physics

American Board of Health Physics

Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine


Nuclear Medicine Tools: created and maintained by our interns



IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society

American Association of Physicists in Medicine

Radiological Society of North America

SPIE - the international society for optics and photonics


NEMA Standards for Performance Evaluation (General link)

Specific links: 

Gamma Cameras

Positron Emission Tomographs (PETs)

Small Animal Positron Emission Tomographs (PETs)

Non-Imaging Intraoperative Gamma Probes

System / Site Accreditation:

ACR accreditation for PET and SPECT

IAC accreditation for nuclear imaging

Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award 

The Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award is given each year to support advancement of women in medical imaging sciences. The Award is given either to an individual (woman or man) who has promoted significantly advancement of women in medical imaging sciences, or to a woman in early- or mid-career who has made one or more significant contributions to medical imaging sciences. Most often the award will be given to a woman in the second category; as it is hoped that recognition of a significant contribution or contributions of such an awardee will advance meaningfully the career of the awardee.

Learn more about the Tracy Lynn Faber Award.

The Ed Hoffman Memorial Award

The highest award of SNMMI's Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council was created to honor the memory of Professor Edward J. Hoffman.  It recognizes scientists in the field of nuclear medicine for their service and dedication to research and development of nuclear medicine instrumentation and to educating and training the next generation of scientists.  The award is presented during the Ed Hoffman Memorial CE lecture at the SNMMI Annual Meeting, during the where the winner gives the lecture.

Learn more about the Ed Hoffman Award.

ERF PIDSC Young Investigator Awards Symposium

SNMMI symposium and competition, in association with the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council, for the best scientific abstracts on computer and instrumentation nuclear medicine.

Learn more about the ERF PIDSC Young Investigator Award

The Society recognizes the need for sub-specialty interests/expertise within the field of nuclear medicine and moleuclar imaging. Councils provide the expertise, professional networking and educational programs for nuclear medicine professionals in respective areas and serve as a resource for development and implementation of Society policies.

Council membership is voluntary. Councils adhere to Society Bylaws and policies, while operating under its own Operating Procedures, as approved by the House of Delegates, and its own business plan and budget, as approved by the SNMMI Board of Directors.

This section provides the following council specific information.

PIDSC Board of Directors
PIDSC Operating Procedures
PIDSC Business Plan
PPIDSC Council Reports to the House of Delegates 
PIDSC Past Presidents

How to Become a Member
Membership in the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council is limited to members of the SNMMI. Membership can be attained by indicating the desire to join during the annual renewal of the SNMMI membership or by filing an application with the Secretary of the council.

Payment of Dues
Membership in the PIDSC requires payment of dues in the amount of $15/year. Dues are paid to SNMMI and will be due on October 1st of each year. Join this council

Benefits of Membership

Membership makes you a part of a professional group within the SNMMI that:

Provides continuing education for professionals in technical areas relating to nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (e.g. advanced instrumentation, data processing, image reconstruction, quantitation, assessment, etc.) through sponsored symposia and continuing education courses. Each year the PIDSC puts on a Categorical Seminar or symposia, and Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in medical physics.

Provides a forum and a mechanism for discussion and dissemination of information relating to computer and instrumentation aspects. PIDSC members receive periodic Newsletters and electronic mailings containing information on professional activities, government issues, and a host of other topics. Members will soon have access to PIDSC Web pages, which will contain timely and archived information relating to a variety of topics in computer and instrumentation.

Provides expertise in medical physics, instrumentation and data sciences to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The PIDSC has representation in a number of governance groups within SNMMI, including the Committee on Councils and the House of Delegates.


Learn more about the specific benefits the PIDSC  has to offer by emailing

Join the PIDSC

Council membership is voluntary. Society members are eligible for council membership, and can belong to as many councils as they wish. The dues for the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council are $15.00. Join this council

Nuclear Medicine Tools

Nuclear Medicine Tools: created and maintained by the PIDSC interns

PIDSC Events

2020 Annual Meeting - PIDSC Sessions:

2020  Faber/Hoffman Memorial Awards Lectureship
Tues Jun 30 1:00 PM
Register Here

2020 Virtual Annual Meeting - PIDSC Sessions:
PIDSC Young Investigator Award Session
Sunday Jul 11 5:00 PM

Basic Science Summary Session
Sunday Jul 11 6:15PM

Current perspective on Total Body PET and applications
Monday Jul 12 2:30PM

Drink and Think: Machine Learning in Nuclear Medicine
Facilitators: Joyita Dutta and Tyler Bradshaw
Sunday Jul 11 8:15-9:15PM

Drink and Think: Total Body PET       
Facilitators: Jeff Schmall and Adam Alessio
Monday Jul 12 8:15-9:15PM