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IDEAS Webinars and Resources

SNMMI offers a number of free resources on the Imaging Dementia — Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) Study, including helpful links and on-demand webinars.

Targeted Radioisotope Therapy Webinar Series

The new technologies of radionuclide therapy are allowing for personalized treatment of various forms of cancer. Learn more about the clinical utility of these procedures and earn free CE credit.

Healthcare Provider

Welcome to our Healthcare Provider portal. Everything you need to understand the advantages and applications of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in your practice. Find out more about ordering the right test for the right patient at the right time.

What are Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging?

Molecular imaging is a type of medical imaging that provides detailed pictures of what is happening inside the body at the molecular and cellular level. Where other diagnostic imaging procedures—such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound—offer pictures of physical structure, molecular imaging allows physicians to see how the body is functioning and to measure its chemical and biological processes.

Molecular imaging includes the field of nuclear medicine, which uses very small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) to diagnose and treat disease. In nuclear medicine imaging, the radiopharmaceuticals are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to provide very precise pictures of the area of the body being imaged. Nuclear medicine can also be used to treat certain types of cancer and  other diseases.

Molecular imaging offers unique insights into the human body that enable physicians to personalize patient care. In terms of diagnosis, molecular imaging is able to:

  • provide information that is unattainable with other imaging technologies or that would require more invasive procedures such as biopsy or surgery
  • identify disease in its earliest stages and determine the exact location of a tumor, often before symptoms occur or abnormalities can be detected with other diagnostic tests

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Disease-Specific Information

Oncology

Cancer Scan

Cardiology

Heart Scan

Neurology

Brain Scan

Guidance

SNMMI has created guidelines to identify those elements of the procedure that are most important in obtaining a high-quality examination, Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC), and is working towards optimizing dose.

Guidelines
Appropriate Use Criteria
Dosimetry
Dose Optimization

Related Resources

NCCN's Guidelines Tabular Summary
NCCN Practice Guidelines Narrative Summary

Ordering Information

The SNMMI PET Center of Excellence has created a go-to resource with in-depth ordering information and printable materials related to PET and PET/CT, including:

  • Sample Request Forms
  • Sample Letters of Medical Necessity
  • Sample Reports from Nuclear Medicine Physician
  • CMS Decision Memos

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Request a Speaker

SNMMI is dedicated to providing the community with access to the most knowledgeable and experienced speakers in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. As part of the new Outreach Program, SNMMI is working to enhance relationships with relevant societies and patient organizations. We have created a pool of speakers who can speak at your next meeting. Please complete the form below to request a speaker.

Outreach Speaker Request Form
Outreach Program
FAQs

 

 

  • September 19, 2016PET Probe Images Breast Cancer’s Ability to Foil Treatment, Provides Therapy Guidance

    Cancer biologists know that inhibitor-mediated feedback loop changes (increased expression of a cell surface receptor in response to target inhibition) can result in breast cancer treatment failure and the need for additional therapy. A recent study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City shows that imaging of these cell surface receptor changes with PET probes specific to epidermal growth factor receptor 1 (EGFR) and human epidermal growth factor receptor 3 (HER3) directly addresses this unmet need in cancer therapy decision-making, while avoiding the need for repeated biopsies. The study is reported in the September issue of "The Journal of Nuclear Medicine."
    (Press Release)

  • September 13, 2016NAS Report Finds U.S. Supply of Critical Medical Isotope Vulnerable

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a report on the state of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) production, its utilization in medicine, and progress toward eliminating the use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) during production. The report says, “The committee judges that there is a substantial (>50 percent) likelihood of severe molybdenum-99/technetium-99m supply shortages after October 2016, lasting at least until current global suppliers complete their planned capacity expansions.”
    (Press Release)

  • September 6, 2016Call for the Standardization of Pediatric Nuclear Medicine

    The Nuclear Medicine Global Initiative, which was formed in 2012 and consists of 13 international organizations, focused on pediatric nuclear medicine for its first project. Its final report, published in the July issue of "The Journal of Nuclear Medicine," sets forth recommendations for achieving global standards for the administration of radiopharmaceuticals in children.
    (Press Release)

  • September 1, 2016SNMMI Submits Comments to CMS Regarding CY 2017 Proposed Rules for HOPPS and MPFS

    The Society recently submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on two proposed rules.
    (Government Relations News)

Featured Resources

  • 2014 NCI-SNMMI Workshop on Targeted Radionuclide Therapy

    The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) held a joint workshop—NCI-SNMMI Workshop on Targeted Radionuclide Therapy—on October 24-25, 2014, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

  • 2015 Nuclear Medicine & PET Coder

  • Guidance

    Tools, supported by evidence, to harmonize the practice of nuclear medicine using a progressive and safe approach.

  • Legislative Issues

    SNMMI monitors multiple federal legislative issues and provides resources including issue summaries, letters to Congress, and analysis.

  • Journals

    Learn more about journals published by or sponsored by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.