The Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council (PIDSC) is composed of Society members who have an interest in medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysisand their applications in therapeutic, diagnostic or investigational nuclear medicine.
PIDSC's mission is to promote the dissemination of knowledge and the advancement of medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysis and their applications for diagnosis and treatment in nuclear medicine to its members and to the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging as a whole. The objectives of the Council to carry out the mission are:
Dear friends and colleagues,
Welcome to the fall 2020 edition of the PIDSC newsletter. It is with mixed feelings that I write these words – while on one hand I am honored to succeed Dr. Laforest as president of the PIDSC, I am also humbled by the world events around us vis a vie the COVID19 pandemic and its effects on each one of us and their families, our society, and council. Our heart goes out to all those that lost loved ones in our community and the world alike. These are unprecedented times that require us to look after one another and the community that we serve.
This year marked the first time the SNMMI held its annual meeting virtually. While the decision to hold a virtual meeting was made relatively late in the hope we could weather the pandemic, the SNMMI was nonetheless able to hold an excellent 3.5 days meeting from July 11-14th that was free of charge to all SNMMI members. The PIDSC proudly participated in the meeting with 3 sessions – a young investigator award session, a basic science summary session, and a CE session on current perspectives on a total body PET and applications (see further details in the newsletter). Moreover, the PIDSC participated in two “Drink and Think” sessions – a new session format specifically tailored for virtual meetings that allows more open discussions among participants. In addition, PIDSC worked hard towards converting its originally approved CE sessions at the annual meeting to virtual webinars that were very well received by the attendees (see list of webinars). Of particular note is a special webinar series on Artificial Intelligence that included hands-on training and spanned 6 sessions over multiple days. These webinars were extremely well received and had the highest registration ever recorded for an SNMMI webinar series.
Our PIDSC continues to strive during the pandemic with various activities and initiatives in support of our members and community. The PIDSC is your council and welcomes your ideas and thoughts on how to improve its programs and offerings. Planning for the virtual SNMMI mid-winter meeting PIDSC sessions are currently underway. The same applies for the annual SNMMI meeting in Washington DC. Please consider contributing to PIDSC by volunteering to organize CE sessions or provide your thoughts on topics and speakers. You can do that by contacting me directly or any of the board members.
In closing, I would like to thank all the PIDSC board members and volunteers for their dedication and effort in helping to make our programs as successful as they are. Special thanks to our outgoing board members and a warm welcome to the newly elected ones.
Wishing you all a safe and successful year.
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Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award
The Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award is given each year to support advancement of women in medical imaging sciences. The Award is given either to an individual (woman or man) who has promoted significantly advancement of women in medical imaging sciences, or to a woman in early- or mid-career who has made one or more significant contributions to medical imaging sciences. Most often the award will be given to a woman in the second category; as it is hoped that recognition of a significant contribution or contributions of such an awardee will advance meaningfully the career of the awardee.
Learn more about the Tracy Lynn Faber Award.
The Ed Hoffman Memorial Award
The highest award of SNMMI's Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council was created to honor the memory of Professor Edward J. Hoffman. It recognizes scientists in the field of nuclear medicine for their service and dedication to research and development of nuclear medicine instrumentation and to educating and training the next generation of scientists. The award is presented during the Ed Hoffman Memorial CE lecture at the SNMMI Annual Meeting, during the where the winner gives the lecture.
Learn more about the Ed Hoffman Award.
ERF PIDSC Young Investigator Awards Symposium
SNMMI symposium and competition, in association with the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council, for the best scientific abstracts on computer and instrumentation nuclear medicine.
Learn more about the ERF PIDSC Young Investigator Award
The Society recognizes the need for sub-specialty interests/expertise within the field of nuclear medicine and moleuclar imaging. Councils provide the expertise, professional networking and educational programs for nuclear medicine professionals in respective areas and serve as a resource for development and implementation of Society policies.
Council membership is voluntary. Councils adhere to Society Bylaws and policies, while operating under its own Operating Procedures, as approved by the House of Delegates, and its own business plan and budget, as approved by the SNMMI Board of Directors.
This section provides the following council specific information.
How to Become a Member
Membership in the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council is limited to members of the SNMMI. Membership can be attained by indicating the desire to join during the annual renewal of the SNMMI membership or by filing an application with the Secretary of the council.
Payment of Dues
Membership in the PIDSC requires payment of dues in the amount of $15/year. Dues are paid to SNMMI and will be due on October 1st of each year. Join this council
Benefits of Membership
Membership makes you a part of a professional group within the SNMMI that:
Provides continuing education for professionals in technical areas relating to nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (e.g. advanced instrumentation, data processing, image reconstruction, quantitation, assessment, etc.) through sponsored symposia and continuing education courses. Each year the PIDSC puts on a Categorical Seminar or symposia, and Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in medical physics.
Provides a forum and a mechanism for discussion and dissemination of information relating to computer and instrumentation aspects. PIDSC members receive periodic Newsletters and electronic mailings containing information on professional activities, government issues, and a host of other topics. Members will soon have access to PIDSC Web pages, which will contain timely and archived information relating to a variety of topics in computer and instrumentation.
Provides expertise in medical physics, instrumentation and data sciences to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The PIDSC has representation in a number of governance groups within SNMMI, including the Committee on Councils and the House of Delegates.
Learn more about the specific benefits the PIDSC has to offer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATE!
January 28-30, 2021
Council membership is voluntary. Society members are eligible for council membership, and can belong to as many councils as they wish. The dues for the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council are $15.00. Join this council
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Sunday, January 31 2:15 - 3:45 pm, ET
"Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear Medicine"
"Clinical Research Roles for PET Scanner Designs with Extended Axial Field of Views"
"Instrumentation and Processing for SPECT Quantitation"