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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


Cancer Scan


Heart Scan


Brain Scan


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.

Appropriate Use Criteria
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



  • October 20, 2016Optical and PET/CT Probes Detect Early Signs of Atherosclerosis

    Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated for the first time the use of a dual optical and PET/CT activity-based probe, which images vascular inflammation, to detect atherosclerotic plaques. The study is published in the October issue of "The Journal of Nuclear Medicine."
    (Press Release)

  • October 20, 2016Optical and PET/CT probes detect early signs of atherosclerosis

    Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated for the first time the use of a dual optical and PET/CT activity-based probe to detect atherosclerotic plaques. The study is published in the October issue of "The Journal of Nuclear Medicine."
    (MI: Making a Difference)

  • October 17, 2016Medicare Physician Compare Period Open Through November 11, 2016

    Physician Compare allows clinicians and group practices to preview their performance scores for select 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for PQRS measures before they are publicly reported on Physician Compare later this year.
    (Government Relations News)

  • October 17, 2016CMS Releases Final Rule for MACRA

    The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its final rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). MACRA ends the Sustainable Growth Rate formula for updates to the physician fee schedule, which threatened clinicians participating in Medicare with potential payment cliffs for 13 years. It replaces it with the Quality Payment Program, which rewards the delivery of high-quality patient care.
    (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.