Virtual Patient Education Day Event Draws 600+ Viewers

August 28, 2020

SNMMI and its Patient Advocacy Advisory Board (PAAB) held the Society’s annual Patient Education Day this year as a series of three virtual sessions, reaching the highest number of patients in the event’s nine-year history.

The sessions each included a 35-minute discussion of the basics of nuclear medicine and radiation safety, followed by in-depth presentations on specific disease types—prostate cancer (August 1), neuroendocrine tumors (August 15) and thyroid cancer (August 22). The sessions were live-streamed on YouTube and Facebook and included an opportunity to send in questions anonymously in advance as well as during the event.

The live events and the recordings to date have drawn more than 600 YouTube views, and participants submitted 116 questions for the speakers.

Reviews of the event have been extremely positive, with an average evaluation score of 9.5/10 for both “Overall Experience” and “Educational Value.” Comments from attendees include:

  • “Sharing individual stories makes our disease more real for many of us who haven't previously met another survivor.”
  • “The [information on] levels of radiation from the different types of scans … has given me great comfort that I am not causing as much damage as i thought by scanning. The update on Alpha PRRT gave me a lot of hope.”
  • “Thank you! Nicely done! Excellent quality presentations with the slides, speakers, visual quality, and overall aesthetics of the webinar.”
  • “The speakers were incredibly knowledgeable and the host asked all the best questions. I felt so much more informed after the event. Thank you!”
  • “They actually answered my questions.”

Each year, the Patient Education Day evaluation survey asks patients, “How safe do you believe nuclear medicine and molecular imaging procedures are?” SNMMI has found that patients rate this question an average of 3.4/5 (5 being “Very Safe”) before participating in education. Viewers of this year’s Patient Education Day rated the question an average of 4.4/5.

Details about the event and the recordings can be accessed at

Patient Education Day typically is held as a regional all-day in-person event during the SNMMI Annual Meeting.