Scientists

Welcome to the new scientist and researcher reference section. Your one-stop shop for the essential resources you need to advance your career.

Educational Offerings

SNMMI educational programs are designed to meet the professional development needs of scientists involved in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging endeavors. 

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Additional Resources

Coding and Reimbursement

The most up-to-date and comprehensive source for nuclear medicine coding and reimbursement information on the web. Please note that ALL information and materials within the SNMMI Coding Corner are direct products of the SNMMI Coding and Reimbursement Working Group.

For Hospitals (APCs, IPPS) Find general coding and reimbursement information for hospitals.

For Private Practices (RBRVS) Find general coding and reimbursement information for professionals in private practices.

Coding and Reimbursement Q&A This easy to use feature contains over 100 questions and answers related to topics such as cardiac, endocrine, neurology, nuclear medicine-related drugs, oncology, PET, PET/CT, radiopharmaceuticals, and more!

Dose Optimization

In nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, small amounts of radioactive agents are administered to the patient to allow the physician to examine molecular processes within the body. These procedures are highly effective, safe and painless diagnostic tools that present physicians with a detailed view of what’s going on inside an individual’s body at the cellular level. For more than 60 years, these studies have been used to evaluate practically all systems within the body, including the heart and brain, as well as to image many types of cancer.

SNMMI has a large body of knowledge in dose optimization that is continually growing and developing. The dose optimization website presents a wide variety of resources, including SNMMI journal articles, educational offerings, media-related information, links to useful websites and more.

 

Preclinical Imaging

The goal of the SNMMI Best Practices in Preclinical Imaging Initiative is to provide guidelines based on the community experience in designing and conducting preclinical imaging experiments.

Available Resources Include:

Focusing on the Future of Molecular Imaging

SNMMI's Center for Molecular Imaging Innovation and Translation is an organizational component within the SNMMI that is dedicated to all aspects of molecular imaging in the detection and management of disease. The center is currently facilitating initiatives to bring molecular imaging discoveries from the lab to the patient and to advance "personalized" medicine.

Access resources.

The Clinical Trials Network’s mission is to advance the use of molecular imaging radiopharmaceuticals in clinical trials through standardization of chemistry and imaging methodology. This includes using imaging radiopharmaceuticals during the course of drug development, as well as bringing new agents to regulatory approval. Click here to learn more about the CTN’s Oncology and Neurology Scanner Validation programs, ongoing efforts to harmonize reconstruction parameters in oncology clinical trials, and other services that CTN offers to help scientists advance their research.

Guidelines

The practice guidelines help to identify those elements of the procedure that are most important in obtaining a high-quality examination, while simultaneously controlling costs. Use of standardized procedures will increase the applicability of clinical research among multiple institutions, in turn, increasing the value of research studies, particularly in the field of technology assessment. In the interest of creating strong, comprehensive documents, some guidelines were formally adopted by SNMMI in collaboration with other professional organizations.

View Guidelines.

  • July 24, 2014AAPM: Radiomics helps fine-tune radiation therapy dose

    By extracting statistical information and other measurements from PET images using a data analysis technique called radiomics, researchers have developed a way to determine radiation therapy dose more accurately, according to a study presented this week at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) meeting in Austin, TX.
    (MI: Making a Difference)

  • July 24, 2014Radiocholine PET/CT has a niche in prostate imaging

    Selection of patients with advanced prostate cancer who are eligible for salvage radiation therapy could be improved with the use of radiocholine PET/CT, according to a review of recent research published today in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine .
    (MI: Making a Difference)

  • July 18, 2014AAIC: F-18 Flute shown to change management in 20% of dementia patients

    The amyloid PET agent F-18 flutemetamol (Vizamyl) was the topic of two scientific sessions at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), which concluded yesterday in Copenhagen. Results of one study showed how patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) whose scans were positive for flutemetamol were 2.5 times more likely to progress to Alzheimer's disease. Another study of early onset dementia patients showed improvements in clinical decision making and clinician confidence as a result of information gleaned from flutemetamol PET.
    (MI: Making a Difference)

  • July 17, 2014PET agents differentiate Alzheimer's, cardiovascular disease

    Researchers have found that using PET brain imaging with florbetapir and FDG can differentiate cardiovascular disease from symptoms of mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease. The combination can also detect amyloid plaques in patients with cardiovascular disease.
    (MI: Making a Difference)

Featured Resources

  • SNMMI Journals

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

  • Annual Reports