is dedicated to all aspects of the development and utilization of positron emission tomography (PET), PET/CT, and PET/MR in the detection and management of disease.
The SNMMI's PET Center of Excellence is an organizational component within the SNMMI dedicated to all aspects of the development and utilization of positron emission tomography (PET), PET/CT, and PET/MR in the detection and management of disease. Two primary areas of focus of the center are educational programs and practical issues directly related to PET, PET/CT, and PET/MR including clinical practice and procedure guidelines, as well as reimbursement.
Congratulations to Peter Conti, MD, PhD, FSNMMI, the recipient of the 2018 Peter E. Valk, MD Memorial Lectureship and Award. Dr. Conti is director of the Molecular Imaging Center and the PET Imaging Center at the Kerk School of Medicine, University of Southern California. He presented a lecture entitled "PET – The Final Frontier or a Stepping Stone", during the SNMMI Annual Meeting in June.
All issues of the PET Center of Excellence Newsletter are available to PET CoE members in PDF format.
PET PROS is a resource for referring and interpreting physicians to ensure easy access to important information and useful resources. The goal is to provide a one-stop shop for all your essential PET and PET/CT needs and questions. We encourage your feedback and suggestions for new resources to add to the PET PROS Program. Please send an email to K. Malaika Walton, Associate Director of Leadership.
Referring/Interpreting Physicians: Understand the advantages and applications of PET/CT in your practice, and access helpful tools to increase the appropriate utilization of PET/CT.
Patients/Advocates: Learn about the latest PET/CT information and the major benefits it offers to patients.
A project by PET Center of Excellence Intern, David M. Naeger, MD: American Board of Radiology-approved Part IV/PQI Project template and spreadsheet. This template is also posted on the American Board of Radiology (ABR) website at www.theabr.org/moc-dr-pqi-projects.
ISMRM/SNMMI Co-Provided Webinars
Host: Thomas Hope, MD, University of California, San Francisco and Chair of the PET Center of Excellence PET/MR Working Group.
Panelists and Papers:
Prostate Cancer Imaging
Dr. Thomas Hope of the University of California, San Francisco, with panelists Dr. Steve Cho of the University of Wisconsin and Dr. Baris Turkbey of the National Institute of Health.
CE01: PET/CT Before, During and After Tumor Ablation
CE36: Peter E. Valk, MD, Memorial Award and Lecture; PET Center of Excellence Business Meeting
CE55: Targeted PET in Oncology
CE29: PET/CT - Therapy Response Assessment
CAT 7: PET/CT and PET/MR for Adults and Children: Fundamental and Evolving Practices
PET CoE Sponsored Sessions at the SNMMI 2017 Annual Meeting
CAT5: PET/MRI: A Focus on Oncology (Separate Registration Fee Required)
CE38: PET MR in Pediatrics: Emerging Role and Potential Applications
CE58: PET/CT and Immune Modulation Therapy Assessment
CE62: Peter E. Valk, MD, Memorial Award and Lecture
Membership dues if $15 annually.
Member benefits include:
- A forum for discussion and dissemination of basic science and clinical practice information
- Eligibility to vote in the PET COE Board of Directors elections
- Quarterly newsletter
- Sponsored educational symposia related to members’ interest
- A $20.00 discount for PET COE sponsored categorical session.
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Attach a request to your annual membership invoice and remit payment with your SNMMI dues.
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Forward your request in writing with your check for annual center dues ($15) to SNMMI Membership Services, 1850 Samuel Morse Drive, Reston, VA 20190-5316. If you have any further questions about PET Center of Excellence membership, please contact MemberInfo@snmmi.org
Call for Volunteers
The PET Center of Excellence seeks volunteers for two key initiatives - if you are interested in participating
Mark Your Calendars!
The 2019 SNMMI Mid-Winter Meeting and ACNM Annual Meeting will be held
January 17-19 in Palm Springs, California
Visit the 2019 Annual Meeting website for more information.
Katherine Zukotynski, BASc, MD, FRCPC
President, PET Center of Excellence
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
These are exciting times for nuclear medicine and PET, and it is my great pleasure to be working with each of every one of you to provide the best possible patient care.
As I write this, improvements in PET/CT equipment are happening at a staggering pace. Time-of-flight imaging has given us the ability to image smaller lesions with less radioactivity. New technologies such as PET/MR are becoming far more ubiquitous in the medical community. Several tracers have gone from research into routine clinical practice, and are enabling better imaging for prostate cancer, neuroendocrine tumors and dementia. Diagnostic and treatment algorithms for patients are being revolutionized, and PET is being linked with the ability to image and then treat sites of disease detected, expanding our capacity for theranostics.
Research into PET technology, tracers, and clinical practice is continuing to expand our breadth of knowledge. Moving forward, we must take these exciting research results and educate the members of our community who may not be aware of these advancements or know how to use them. To do this, we need strong educational programs for physicians and technologists working in the trenches, as well as those leading our field. We also need strong outreach to all members of the healthcare team, and most importantly, to our patients. Indeed, all stakeholders, including patients and decision-makers, ought to understand the value of PET.
To achieve this, the PET Center of Excellence is planning several continuing education programs at the Annual and Midwinter meetings. We are partnering with other groups, both within the SNMMI and in other Societies. Further, we are preparing Symposia dedicated to specific topics of interest, continuing education articles, and information sessions for patients and members of the healthcare team. The PET Center of Excellence is open to all. Any and all ideas are welcome. Please communicate with us!
We stand on the shoulders of giants and because of what they have done, our time has come. Technological advances in imaging and therapy mean that we can have a tangible and important impact on patient care. We just have to embrace the full potential of our field without fear. Let us work together to show the world what we can do!