Education Program

The 2018 SNMMI Mid-Winter and ACNM Annual Meeting provides physicians, technologists, pharmacists, laboratory professionals, and scientists with an in-depth view of the latest technologies and research in the field. 

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Theranostics Track | ACNM General TrackSNMMI General Track



Radioiodine Therapy: Lesson from The Avant Garde of Theranostics

  • I-131 Therapy: The Birth and Growing Pains of Theranostics
  • Theranostic Principles in Thyroid Cancer Management: European Experience
  • Specifics on Managing Differentiated Thyroid Cancer in Pediatric Patients
  • Intensive I-131 Therapy in Metastatic Thyroid Cancer

Learning Objectives:

  • List the principles of theranostics that have been developed based on I-131 experiences in the US and Europe
  • List the lessons learned on I-131 therapy variations in the practice of Theranostics
  • Outline the current recommendations for I-131 therapy in hyperthyroidism and differentiated thyroid cancer

Theranostics in Practice

  • Patient Care Coordination for Radionuclide Therapies
  • Technical Aspects of Parenteral Therapies
  • Safety Considerations in Radionuclide Therapies
  • Authorized User Status and Radioactive Materials Licenses
  • F-18 Axumin PET/CT Scanning: Pearls and Pitfalls

Learning Objectives:

  • Coordinate patient care for radionuclide therapies within imaging departments and between services such as endocrinology, surgery, and oncology
  • Perform technically superior diagnostic nuclear scans and radionuclide therapies
  • Educate patients, family, and staff to observe appropriate radiation safety precautions following radionuclide therapies and respond appropriately to undesired events

Theranostics – Neuroendocrine I

  • NET Background and Therapeutic Landscape
  • Intravenous PRRT for NET
  • Intra-arterial PRRT for Live Metastases
  • PRRT: The Technologist Perspective

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the background and therapeutic landscape of neuroendocrine tumors
  • Examine the available data of intravenous PRRT and consider the technologists perspective of delivering this therapy
  • Consider the novel application of intra-­‐arterial PRRT for liver dominant disease

Theranostics – Neuroendocrine II

  • Neuroblastoma: Background and Imaging
  • MIBG Therapy for Neuroblastoma
  • PRRT for Neuroblastoma and Alternative Applications for MIBG Therapy

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the background and principles of imaging for neuroblastoma
  • Compare various treatment options for neuroblastoma, with a focus on MIBG therapy
  • Evaluate the role of PRRT and its application in traditional and non-traditional NETs

Theranostics - New Therapies I

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Theranostics - New Therapies II

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ACNM Track

ACNM Conference Grand Opening and Plenary Session

  • Opening Session Welcome
  • History and Value of ACNM and ACNM Leaders Past and Present
  • The Business of Imaging – New Workplace Realities

Learning Objectives:

  • Proactively anticipate changes to clinical practice dynamics and reimbursement
  • Optimize efficiency and productivity in the evolving environments of value based medicine
  • Describe ways in which participant specialty societies and organized medical societies can improve daily practice and extend provider influence for extending patient care around the world or nation.

ACNM International Session

  • 223Radium-dichloride Treatment: What’s Now and What’s Next
  • Canadian Nuclear Medicine: Education, Practice and Value Initiatives

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a more comprehensive understanding of prostate cancer treatment particularly the role of Radium223 dichloride.
  • Obtain an insight into practices in the UK. It is expected that this will lead to better patient care.
  • Learn of the requirements to practice nuclear medicine in Canada.
  • Insight into networking and outreach initiatives in Canada.

Cardiac and Pulmonary Imaging

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the technique and interpretation of Q SPETCT/CT for PE diagnosis
  • Discuss how to best prepare patients for cardiac sarcoidosis PET/CT
  • Examine how to quantify myocardial blood flow by PET imaging

Putting Response Criteria into Practice

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine response criteria in oncologic PET/CT imaging.
  • Describe how imaging findings impact clinical care.
  • Discuss how to best word your impressions for highest impact for oncologists.

Parathyroid, Thyroid, and Other Emerging Topics in Nuclear Medicine I

  • Nuclear Medicine Imaging from a Head and Neck Surgeon’s Perspective
  • Thyroid Cancer Risk Stratification, Guidelines, and the Role of Iodine

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the ENT specialist’s perspective on utilizing Nuclear Medicine
  • Interpret correlative imaging related to parathyroid and thyroid disorders
  • Examine emerging prostate cancer topics in Nuclear Medicine

Parathyroid, Thyroid, and Other Emerging Topics in Nuclear Medicine II

  • Flipped Learning Session on Parathyroid and Thyroid Correlative Imaging
  • Xofigo in Cancer Therapy, CRPC and Beyond

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the ENT specialist’s perspective on utilizing Nuclear Medicine
  • Interpret correlative imaging related to parathyroid and thyroid disorders
  • Examine emerging prostate cancer topics in Nuclear Medicine


Radiation Safety I

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Radiation Safety II

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SNMMI General Track

Safety and Dosimetry in Pediatric Radioiodine Therapy

  • I-131 Therapy for Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
  • Dosimetry in I-131 Therapy for Thyroid Cancer
  • Personal Bioassay and Discharge Criteria for Pediatric I-131 Therapy Patients
  • Radioiodine Safety in Children: A Root Cause Analysis
  • Pediatric Read with the Experts – Case Presentations

Learning Objectives:

  • Prescribe and administer I-131 Therapy for Pediatric Thyroid Cancer
  • Counsel patients and families prior to discharge from the hospital after receiving I-131 therapy
  • Manage I-131 spill or contamination in the nuclear medicine department

A Future of Health Care: Nuclear Medicine Cannot Afford to Wait Any Longer

  • A Team Dynamic for the Diagnosis and Evaluation of Sarcoidosis
  • Pediatric Cardiac Stress Testing
  • Educational Pathways for Nuclear Medicine Advanced Practice
  • A Future of Healthcare – Nuclear Medicine Cannot Afford to Wait Any Longer

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize pathologic findings consistent with cardiac/systemic sarcoidosis in CT and PET/CT images via a team cooperation
  • Discover educational pathways for nuclear medicine advanced practice
  • Achieve appreciation for the team dynamic paradigm used in all medical specialties

Novel Radiotracer for Prostate, Neuroendocrine, and Breast Malignancies

  • Appropriate Use Criteria for Somatostatin Receptor PET of Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Somatostatin Receptor PET Imaging in the Management of Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Clinical Applications of PSMA Imaging in Prostate Cancer and Non-Prostate Malignancies
  • FDG and Novel Radiotracers for Patients with Breast Cancer

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify novel radiotracers for prostate, neuroendocrine, and breast malignancies
  • Discuss the strengths, limitations, and applications of these novel agents

Current Status of SPECT and PET Myocardia Blood Flow (MBL)

  • Update on PET Tracers and Imaging Protocols
  • Advances in SPECT MBF Imaging
  • Physiologic Interpretation of Myocardial Blood Flow and Reserve
  • Clinical Applications of MBF Measurement

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare the strengths and limitations of the various clinically available PET tracers and optimize imaging protocols
  • Appreciate the potential of myocardial blood flow measurement with SPECT and its present limitations
  • Discuss the physiology of myocardial blood flow and reserve with the goal of better interpretation of test results and report generation
  • Interpret and use myocardial blood flow measurements for decision-making in various patient groups

Advances in Cardiovascular Nuclear Imaging (with case-based presentations)

  • Evaluation of Suspected or Known Infection of Cardiac Devices and Prosthetic Valves with SPECT and PET
  • FDG PET/CT for Detection of Myocardial Inflammation (Sarcoidosis, Myocarditis, Rheumatic Disease)
  • PET/CT Imaging of Large Vessel vasculitis
  • Recent Advances in Radionuclide Assessment of LV Systolic and Diastolic Dysschrony in Coronary Artery Disease

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate suspected or known infection of cardiac devices and prosthetic valves with SPECT and PET
  • Understand the application of FDG PET/CT imaging for detection of myocardial inflammation (sarcoidosis, myocarditis, rheumatic disease) and generate appropriate clinical reports.
  • Appreciate the role of PET/CT for imaging of large vessel vasculitis.
  • Understand recent advances in radionuclide assessment of LV systolic and diastolic dysschrony and possible application in coronary artery disease

Advanced Neuroimaging Approaches

  • PET Amyloid and Tau with a Focus on Clinical Trials
  • Quantification for PET Amyloid and FDG for Dementia
  • PET/MR in Brain Tumor Imaging
  • Interpretive and Technical Challenges in DaT SPECT Imaging

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the value and pitfalls of amyloid and tau imaging with respect to clinical trials
  • Appreciate the value and problems of quantification of amyloid imaging and dopaminergic imaging
  • Describe the potential of new PET-tracers and combined PET/MR instrumentation in brain tumor imaging

Selected Topics in PET/MRI

  • PET/MRI Basic Review
  • Current and Future Clinical Applications of PET/MRI

Gynecologic PET and MRI

Pediatric PET/MRI

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize basic MRI sequences
  • Describe the utility of PET/MRI for oncologic purposes
  • Interpret PET/MRI as related to gynecology and pediatrics

A Primer on PET Instrumentation, Image Reconstruction and Analysis Software, and Essential Quality Control

  • Overview of Current and Emerging PET Instrumentation
  • Overview of PET Image Reconstruction and Image Analysis Software
  • Accreditation Requirements for Nuclear Medicine and PET Instrumentation
  • A Guide to Performing Equipment Tests for PET Quality and Accreditation

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the key instrumentation components of a PET scanner and their use in data acquisition.
  • Explain how software is used for PET image reconstruction and analysis.
  • Manage and perform PET system quality control and system accreditation testing.

Nuts and Bolts of Exam Item Writing

  • Small Group Work
  • Item Writing
  • Small Group Workshop Part II with Discussion

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the components of a high quality item
  • Explain the basic psychometric underpinning of how items are used in education and assessment
  • Craft high quality items