The Computer and Instrumentation Council is made up of Society members who have an interest in computers or nuclear instrumentation and their application in therapeutic, diagnostic or investigational nuclear medicine. It provides a source of information relating to computer and instrumentation science to the Society through meetings, seminars and publications. 

The Computer and Instrumentation Council's (CaIC) mission is to promote the dissemination of knowledge and the advancement of computers and nuclear instrumentation for diagnosis and treatment in nuclear medicine to its members and to the Society of Nuclear Medicine as a whole. The objectives of the Council to carry out the mission are:

  1. To promote effective use of computers and instrumentation 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 computers and instrumentation;
  3. To provide members of the Society of Nuclear Medicine with a source of information on computers and instrumentation.


Welcome to the homepage of the Computer and Instrumentation Council (CAIC). The CAIC was founded at a time when the importance of computers and software in medical imaging was rapidly expanding. The name was chosen to reflect the integration of instrumentation for imaging with computers for control, acquisition and processing. Today the CAIC is the home of scientists developing algorithms for imaging, software for processing, and new methods of image integration and display.  Today the CAIC is the home of engineers developing new imaging detectors and instrumentation. Today the CAIC is the home of practicing medical physicists who oversee quality control and equipment evaluation in settings ranging from community hospitals to academic research centers. Today the CAIC is the home of physicians, technologists, and others with an interest in the technology of molecular imaging. 

The CAIC strives to ensure that there are continuing education sessions at SNMMI meetings that meet the needs and interests of scientists and engineers and provides input and expertise to organizations within and outside of SNMMI on matters related to instrumentation. At each SNMMI annual meeting the CAIC oversees Young Investigator Awards for Instrumentation and Data Analysis presentations, recognizing the achievements of those new to the field.

The CAIC also presents the Edward J. Hoffman Memorial award in recognition of persons who have made outstanding contributions to molecular science, instrumentation and education. This award is a tribute to Dr. Hoffman, a pioneer in nuclear medicine instrumentation and a mentor to many practicing today.

The CAIC recently accepted responsibility for administration of The Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award. Dr. Faber was a pioneer in the three dimensional visualization and analysis of gated myocardial perfusion imaging. Tracy was my colleague and close friend. I can think of no better tribute to her legacy than encouraging the advancement of women in medical imaging sciences.

Whether you are a scientist or engineer looking for a community of peers for discussion and ideas, a physician with insight and interest in applications of imaging techniques, or a technologist trying to better utilize your facility’s imaging systems the CAIC is a Council that needs your expertise. Please join us today.

James R. Galt, PhD
President, Computer and instrumentation Council


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 Computer and Instrumentation Council was created to honorthe memory of Professor Edward J. Hoffman.  It recognizes scientists in the field of nuclear medicine for their service and decotion 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 CaIC Young Investigator Awards Symposium

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

Learn more about the ERF CaIC 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 implementatin 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.

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

How to Become a Member
Membership in the Computer and Instrumentation 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 CaIC 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 CaIC puts on a Categorical Seminar or symposia, and Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in the Computer and Instrumentation.

Provides a forum and a mechanism for discussion and dissemination of information relating to computer and instrumentation aspects. The CaIC 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 CaIC Web pages, which will contain timely and archived information relating to a variety of topics in computer and instrumentation.

Provides expertise in computer and instrumentation to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The CaIC 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 CaIC council has to offer by emailing

Join the CaIC

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

CaIC Newsletters

CaIC Events

2017 Annual Meeting

Mark Your Calendars!  Please make plans to attend the SNMMI 2017 Annual Meeting, June 10-14, 2017 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO!

CaIC Meetings:

CaIC Board of Directors Meeting (Board Members Only) – Monday, June 12, 7:00–8:00 AM, Rom 108

CaIC Business Meeting and Faber Award Presentation (Combined with the Hoffman Award Lecture)– Monday, June 12, 10:00–11:30 AM, Room 201

CaIC Data Utilization Roundtable Discussion - Monday, June 12, 4:45–6:15 PM, 106


CaIC Categorical and CE Sessions:

Radiation Dose Optimization in Pediatric Nuclear Medicine (Separate Registration Fee Required) - Saturday, June 10, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM, Mile High 4B

SPECT/CT: Clinical Applications and Quantification (Separate Registration Fee Required) - Saturday, June 10, 8:00 AM–4:00 PM, Mile High 4E-4F

PET Instrumentation and Data Analysis: The Essentials - Saturday, June 10, 4:30–6:00 PM, Mile High 3B

New and Emerging PET Instrumentation and Technologies - Sunday, June 11, 12:30 –2:00 PM, Mile High 1A-C

Data Driven Motion Correction - Sunday, June 11, 4:45–6:15 PM, Mile High 3B

Board Certification for Nuclear Medicine Scientists: Its Value and Pathways to Obtain It - Monday, June 12, 12:30–2:00 PM, Mile High 3C

Basic Science Summary Session Two - Monday, June 12, 3:00–4:30 PM, Mile High 1A-C

Computer and Instrumentation Council (CaIC) Roundtable Discussion (Closed) - Monday, June 12, 4:30–6:00 PM, 106

Dynamic Cardiac SPECT with Kinetic Analysis - Tuesday, June 13, 8:00–9:30 AM, Mile High 2B

Radiogenomics in Multimodal Imaging - Tuesday, June 13, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Mile High 3B

Simultaneous PET/MR: Clinical Applications & New Technical Advances - Tuesday, June 13, 12:30–2:00 PM, Mile High 2B

Current Status and Future Prospects: PET and SPECT Instrumentation - Tuesday, June 13, 4:45–6:15 PM, Mile High 3B


CaIC Awards:

Edward Hoffman Memorial Award Lecture  – Monday, June 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Room 201

Tracy Lynn Faber Award Presentation Monday, June 12, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Room 201

Computer and Instrumentation Council Young Investigator Award Symposium - Sunday, June 11, 3:00–4:30 PM, 705/707

Young Investigator Award (YIA) Ceremony – Monday, June 12, 2:00–3:00 PM, Exhibit Hall C.  Please attend and congratulate the 2016 YIA winners.