PET Center of Excellence

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. 


The PET Center of Excellence Peter E. Valk, MD, Memorial Lectureship and Award.


The Peter E Valk, MD Memorial Lectureship and Award was created to honor the memory of Dr Valk, a pioneer in the establishment of PET as an important clinical study. This Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of PET, including PET/CT, PET/MRI and other emerging technologies , as well as those individuals who are dedicated to the PET Center of Excellence. Congratulations to Dr Johannes Czernin, the recipients of the 2022 Peter E. Valk, MD Memorial Lectureship and Award. 


Johannes Czernin, MD

 Past recipients

2022 Johannes Czernin, MD
2021 Rodney J. Hicks, MD
2020 Simon Cherry, PhD and Ramsey Badawi, PhD
2019 Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD, FACNM, FSNMMI
2018 Peter Conti, MD, PhD, FACNM, FACR
2017 George Segall, MD, FACNM, FSNMMI
2016 Richard Wahl, MD, FACNM
2015 Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD

PET Center of Excellence survey - Online Social Media Practices in NM and MI

PET CoE Newsletters

All issues of the PET Center of Excellence Newsletter are available to PET CoE members in PDF format.

NCCN Practice Guidelines - Narrative Summary of Indications for FDG PET and PET/CT

NCCN Tabular Summary

Tracer Encyclopedia


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.


NEW: PET COE Speakers Bureau

For information contact Twyla Bartel at or Helen Nadel at


Views You Can Use

PET CoE Clinical Tools

PET CoE Podcasts

The PET Center of Excellence has created podcasts for our members to use as helpful resources that can be easily downloaded from our website.


ISMRM/SNMMI Co-Provided Webinars

Attenuation Correction and PET Reconstruction


Thomas Hope, MD, University of California, San Francisco and Chair of the PET Center of Excellence PET/MR Working Group


  • Richard Laforest, PhD, Washington University and Vice-President Elect of the Computer and Instrumentation Council
  • Alan McMillan, PhD, University of Wisconsin

Panelists and Papers:

  • Silin Ren, PhD, Yale University presented Data-driven event-by-event respiratory motion correction using TOF PET list-mode centroid of distribution (Ren S, Jin X, Chan C, Jian Y, Mulnix T, Liu C, Carson RE.  Phys Med Biol. 2017 Jun 21;62(12):4741-4755.)
  • Hongyu An, PhD, Washington University presented A multi-centre evaluation of eleven clinically feasible brain PET/MRI attenuation correction techniques using a large cohort of patients (Ladefoged CN, Law I, Anazodo U, St Lawrence K, Izquierdo-Garcia D, Catana C, Burgos N, Cardoso MJ, Ourselin S, Hutton B, Mérida I, Costes N, Hammers A, Benoit D, Holm S, Juttukonda M, An H, Cabello J, Lukas M, Nekolla S, Ziegler S, Fenchel M, Jakoby B, Casey ME, Benzinger T, Højgaard L, Hansen AE, Andersen FL; Neuroimage. 2017 Feb 15;147:346-359)

Click here to play the recorded webinar


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.


Click here to play the recorded webinar




Membership Dues:

Membership dues if $15 annually. 

Member Benefits

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.


Join or Renew/Modify Your Membership

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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


2023 SNMMI Mid-Winter and ACNM Annual Meeting

January 26-28, 2023 | San Francisco, CA

The 2023 SNMMI Mid-Winter and ACNM Annual Meeting—January 26-28 in San Francisco, CA—will feature three educational tracks highlighting the latest innovations and techniques in the field, including a dedicated track on neuroimaging.

Now Open: ACNM invites you to submit an original clinical or scientific abstract for the opportunity to present your research during the 2023 SNMMI Mid-Winter and ACNM Annual Meeting.

Meeting website 

PET COE CE Sessions

Clinical PET/MRI or the Abdomen and Pelvis (co-sponsored by the CIC)
Friday, January 27, 8:00 – 10:00 am, PT

Correlative Imaging in Oncology with Special Focus on PSMA-PET/MRI and Lu-177 PSMA Therapy
Thursday, January 26, 3:45 – 5:45 pm


Rathan Subramaniam, MD, PhD, MPH, FACNM, FSNMMI