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 Dr Farrokh Dehdashti, the recipients of the 2024 Peter E. Valk, MD Memorial Lectureship and Award. 


Farrokh Dehdashti, MD, FSNMMI

Past Recipients 

2023- Homer Macapinlac, MD, FACNM

2022- Johannes Czernin, MD

2021- Rodney J. Hicks, MD

2020- Simon Cherry, PhD and Ramsey Badawi, PhD

2019- Hossein Jadvar, MD, PhD, FACNM, FSNMMI

2018- Peter Conti, MD, PhD, FACNM, FACR

2017- George Segall, MD, FACNM, FSNMMI

2016- Richard Wahl, MD, FACNM

2015- Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD

NEW: PET COE Speakers Bureau

For information contact Twyla Bartel at or Helen Nadel at

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.

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.


SNMMI 2024 Annual Meeting

June 8-11, 2024 | Toronto, Canada

The premier educational, scientific, research, and networking event in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, the SNMMI Annual Meeting provides physicians, technologists, pharmacists, laboratory professionals, and scientists with an in-depth view of the latest research and development in the field as well as providing insights into practical applications for the clinic.

Meeting website



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


NEW: PETS for Techs Resource

The PETS for Techs is a quick summary/clinical guide and forum on the new PET radiopharmaceuticals.


Gary Ulaner, MD, PhD, FACNM

The PET Center of Excellence (CoE) remains the single largest Council, Center, or Subsection of the SNMMI.  We are dedicated to education, research, leadership development, and service to all that utilize PET in the management of disease.  The influence of the PET CoE extends from SNMMI local chapters through the PET CoE Speakers’ Bureau, to national SNMMI membership through webinars and annual meeting courses, and to international collaborations including symposia with the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) and the Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA). Its members and interns have advanced to leadership roles in the field of nuclear medicine/molecular imaging and academia to include multiple members of the SNNMI BOD, past Presidents of the SNMMI, and Deans of Medical Schools.

Goals for the new year include expanded the PET Speakers’ Bureau for local chapter meetings, increasing PET CoE influence on continuing education programs, and mentoring young professionals to be experts in PET clinical practice.

As PET grows in importance for targeted imaging and therapy, the PET CoE stands ready to support that growth.  We are everywhere in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging and we want to work with others to advance the field.  Join the PET CoE.  Join us!