PET Center of Excellence

is dedicated to all aspects of the development and utilization of positron emission tomography (PET), PET/CT, and PET/MR in the detection and management of disease.

The SNMMI's PET Center of Excellence is an organizational component within the SNMMI dedicated to all aspects of the development and utilization of positron emission tomography (PET), PET/CT, and PET/MR in the detection and management of disease. Two primary areas of focus of the center are educational programs and practical issues directly related to PET, PET/CT, and PET/MR including clinical practice and procedure guidelines, as well as reimbursement. 


The PET Center of Excellence Peter E. Valk, MD, Memorial Lectureship and Award.


The Peter E Valk, MD Memorial Lectureship and Award was created to honor the memory of Dr Valk, a pioneer in the establishment of PET as an important clinical study. This Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of PET, including PET/CT, PET/MRI and other emerging technologies , as well as those individuals who are dedicated to the PET Center of Excellence. Congratulations to Drs Cherry and Badawi, the recipients of the 2020 Peter E. Valk, MD Memorial Lectureship and Award. 


Simon Cherry, PhD and Ramsey Badawi, PhD


 Past recipients

2015 - Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD
2016 - Richard Wahl, MD, FACNM
2017 - George Segall, MD, FACNM, FSNMMI
2018 - Peter Conti, MD, PhD, FACNM, FACR
2019 - Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD, FACNM, FSNMMI


PET Center of Excellence survey - Online Social Media Practices in NM and MI

PET CoE Newsletters

All issues of the PET Center of Excellence Newsletter are available to PET CoE members in PDF format.

NCCN Practice Guidelines - Narrative Summary of Indications for FDG PET and PET/CT

NCCN Tabular Summary

Tracer Encyclopedia


PET PROS is a resource for referring and interpreting physicians to ensure easy access to important information and useful resources. The goal is to provide a one-stop shop for all your essential PET and PET/CT needs and questions. We encourage your feedback and suggestions for new resources to add to the PET PROS Program.  Please send an email to K. Malaika Walton, Associate Director of Leadership.

Referring/Interpreting Physicians: Understand the advantages and applications of PET/CT in your practice, and access helpful tools to increase the appropriate utilization of PET/CT.

Patients/Advocates: Learn about the latest PET/CT information and the major benefits it offers to patients.


NEW: PET COE Speakers Bureau

For information contact Twyla Bartel at or Helen Nadel at


Views You Can Use

PET CoE Clinical Tools

PET CoE Podcasts

The PET Center of Excellence has created podcasts for our members to use as helpful resources that can be easily downloaded from our website.


ISMRM/SNMMI Co-Provided Webinars

Attenuation Correction and PET Reconstruction


Thomas Hope, MD, University of California, San Francisco and Chair of the PET Center of Excellence PET/MR Working Group


  • Richard Laforest, PhD, Washington University and Vice-President Elect of the Computer and Instrumentation Council
  • Alan McMillan, PhD, University of Wisconsin

Panelists and Papers:

  • Silin Ren, PhD, Yale University presented Data-driven event-by-event respiratory motion correction using TOF PET list-mode centroid of distribution (Ren S, Jin X, Chan C, Jian Y, Mulnix T, Liu C, Carson RE.  Phys Med Biol. 2017 Jun 21;62(12):4741-4755.)
  • Hongyu An, PhD, Washington University presented A multi-centre evaluation of eleven clinically feasible brain PET/MRI attenuation correction techniques using a large cohort of patients (Ladefoged CN, Law I, Anazodo U, St Lawrence K, Izquierdo-Garcia D, Catana C, Burgos N, Cardoso MJ, Ourselin S, Hutton B, Mérida I, Costes N, Hammers A, Benoit D, Holm S, Juttukonda M, An H, Cabello J, Lukas M, Nekolla S, Ziegler S, Fenchel M, Jakoby B, Casey ME, Benzinger T, Højgaard L, Hansen AE, Andersen FL; Neuroimage. 2017 Feb 15;147:346-359)

Click here to play the recorded webinar


Prostate Cancer Imaging

Dr. Thomas Hope of the University of California, San Francisco, with panelists Dr. Steve Cho of the University of Wisconsin and Dr. Baris Turkbey of the National Institute of Health.


Click here to play the recorded webinar




Membership Dues:

Membership dues if $15 annually. 

Member Benefits

Member benefits include:

 - A forum for discussion and dissemination of basic science and clinical practice information

 - Eligibility to vote in the PET COE Board of Directors elections

 - Quarterly newsletter

 - Sponsored educational symposia related to members’ interest

 - A $20.00 discount for PET COE sponsored categorical session.


Join or Renew/Modify Your Membership

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Attach a request to your annual membership invoice and remit payment with your SNMMI dues.

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Forward your request in writing with your check for annual center dues ($15) to SNMMI Membership Services, 1850 Samuel Morse Drive, Reston, VA 20190-5316. If you have any further questions about PET Center of Excellence membership, please contact


Call for Volunteers

The PET Center of Excellence seeks volunteers for two key initiatives - if you are interested in participating 

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Upcoming Webinar

Molecular Breast Imaging

September 10, 2020 l 3:00 pm ET l Speaker: Hannah Linden, MD and Farrokh Dehashti, MD
Credit type/Info: CME and Voice

Click here to register

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the role of Molecular Breast Imaging in breast cancer management
  • Describe patient selection and utilization of FES in the clinic
  • Explain the rationale of using radioimmunoconjugates in the study of breast cancer patients

PET/MR Imaging of Prostate Cancer

September 24, 2020 | 12:00 pm ET | Speaker: Liza Lindenberg, MD and Baris Turkbey, MD
Credit type/Info: CME and VOICE

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Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss role of PET/MR in localized disease
  • Describe role of PET/MR in biochemically recurrent and advanced disease
  • Evaluate technical challenges of PET/MR in prostate evaluation

 Mark Your Calendars!


SNMMI 2021 Mid-Winter Meeting/ACNM Annual Meeting - Virtual Edition

January 28-30, 2021

Event Details l Program l Call for Abstracts l Register


Katherin ZukotynskiKatherine Zukotynski, BASc, MD, FRCPC

President, PET Center of Excellence


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

These are exciting times for nuclear medicine and PET, and it is my great pleasure to be working with each of every one of you to provide the best possible patient care.

As I write this, improvements in PET/CT equipment are happening at a staggering pace. Time-of-flight imaging has given us the ability to image smaller lesions with less radioactivity. New technologies such as PET/MR are becoming far more ubiquitous in the medical community. Several tracers have gone from research into routine clinical practice, and are enabling better imaging for prostate cancer, neuroendocrine tumors and dementia. Diagnostic and treatment algorithms for patients are being revolutionized, and PET is being linked with the ability to image and then treat sites of disease detected, expanding our capacity for theranostics.

Research into PET technology, tracers, and clinical practice is continuing to expand our breadth of knowledge. Moving forward, we must take these exciting research results and educate the members of our community who may not be aware of these advancements or know how to use them. To do this, we need strong educational programs for physicians and technologists working in the trenches, as well as those leading our field. We also need strong outreach to all members of the healthcare team, and most importantly, to our patients. Indeed, all stakeholders, including patients and decision-makers, ought to understand the value of PET.

To achieve this, the PET Center of Excellence is planning several continuing education programs at the Annual and Midwinter meetings. We are partnering with other groups, both within the SNMMI and in other Societies. Further, we are preparing Symposia dedicated to specific topics of interest, continuing education articles, and information sessions for patients and members of the healthcare team. The PET Center of Excellence is open to all. Any and all ideas are welcome. Please communicate with us!

We stand on the shoulders of giants and because of what they have done, our time has come. Technological advances in imaging and therapy mean that we can have a tangible and important impact on patient care. We just have to embrace the full potential of our field without fear. Let us work together to show the world what we can do!