The Correlative Imaging Council provides a structure in which clinicians and scientists can develop and disseminate information on the medical and physiological applications of various imaging modalities as they correlate to nuclear medicine.


In 1977, James J Smith, MD, Veterans Affairs national program director for nuclear medicine, proposed the formation of a council on correlated imaging that would allow nuclear medicine to maintain a good working association with ultrasound - a newly emerging imaging modality - and other “cognate modalities.” SNMMI’s Executive Committee approved the council formation during a meeting in New York City on April 7, 1978. The Correlative Imaging Council was thus founded in 1978 to educate nuclear medicine professionals about the emerging technology of ultrasound. The first council president was William Blahd, MD.

Since then, the CIC has been active in SNMMI’s educational mission, sponsoring or co-sponsoring a categorical course every year at SNM’s Annual Meeting, as well as organizing several symposia and continuing education seminars. As the imaging field evolved and developed, correlative imaging council’s focus also expanded to include correlation of nuclear medicine with the additional imaging modalities like CT, MRI and now molecular imaging modalities. It was decided that the new mission of the council would be to provide education in CT, MR and emerging molecular imaging technology. For the past few years, CIC’s educational focus has been PET/CT which it continue to do so, but will also focus on more MRI correlation as combined PET/MRI imaging looms on the horizon.


  • The Correlative Imaging Council exists within the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging with the aim to:
  • Establish and maintain an organization of members with an interest in correlative imaging and clinical practice for the purpose of providing a forum and a mechanism, whereby relevant basic science and clinical practice information may be discussed and disseminated.
  • Provide a mechanism for the promotion and encouragement of correlative imaging and clinical practice research and development.
  • Provide a source of information relating to correlative imaging and clinical practice affairs to the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.
  • Nurture new members
  • Provide outreach to other profes-sionals and organizations.


 240627The Correlative Imaging Council (CIC) formation was approved by SNMMI in 1978 with the intent of educating nuclear medicine professionals about the emerging technology of ultrasound at that time.  We have truly come a long way continuing to oversee the popular CT courses. These courses were of utmost importance in educating our field in the area of CT and/or

MRI correlation with nuclear medicine studies.

During my term as the CIC President, strategic planning was initiated to closely analyze our standard operating procedure and business plan with the necessary changes to move forward and enhance the value of being a member of the CIC.   We have already introduced some new items to include the annual Barry Siegel Lectureship and Award (in addition to our CIC Walter Wolfe Young Investigator Award) and the new CME/SAM/VOICE opportunities such in our CIC newsletter.  We were one of the first SNMMI councils to include an international board member this year and will eventually always have a total of two.  We initiated the newer and successful correlative imaging case-based workshops on cardiac PET/CT in order to give the nuclear medicine specialist a more hands-on approach to cardiac PET/CT protocoling, image quality control, and interpretation. Dr. Dorbala delivered the first-ever highly effect workshop on this topic at the 2018 SNMMI Annual Meeting.  In Tampa, Florida, at the 2020 MWM, we will be collaborating on presenting another of these workshops on the topic of cardiovascular inflammation/infection imaging.  Along a similar line, we have also recently initiated and will oversee a cardiac PET/CT outreach program through SNMMI Outreach and will be collaborating with other councils and centers on this in order to bring the “nuts and bolts” of this imaging to the community where much education in this area is needed.  We intend to reach out to not only nuclear medicine specialists, but also cardiologists, internal medicine, infection specialists, and technologists.

We have a highly enthusiastic and motivated board of directors, mentors, and intern as well as members currently, and none of this could have been or will be accomplished without their direct involvement and support.  I am extremely grateful for the “team” we have in place.  I am also grateful for the support of the SNMMI leadership and administrative staff.  Our goal is to work together to promote all of the aspects of correlative imaging and bring it to the clinical level.

It has been and will continue to be an honor to serve the remaining months of my term as President with this group in order to teach and promote nuclear medicine and correlative imaging through the venue of the CIC and as an arm of the SNMMI.  I both honored and humbled to be able to serve in this manner. 


Twyla B. Bartel, DO, MBA, FACNM

Council President


2020 Correlative Imaging Council Walter Wolf Young Investigator Award

The 2020 Correlative Imaging Council Walter Wolf Young Investigator Award Winner is Abhishek Jha, MBBS for

his abstract titled: “Superiority of68Ga-DOTATATE PET/CT compared to18F-FDG PET/CT and MRI of the spine in the detection of spinal bone metastases in metastatic pheochromocytoma and/or paraganglioma”

Abhishek Jha, MBBS

Learn more
about the CIC Walter Wolf Young Investigator Award and Past Recipients.

2020 Barry Siegel Lectureship Award

The Correlative Imaging Council Barry Siegel Lectureship Award honors an individual who has made groundbreaking and consistent educational contributions to correlative imaging and to the SNMMI and CIC. The initial 2019 award was presented to Dr Barry Siegel for his outstanding contributions to correlative imaging, namely, regarding the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) and its tremendous impact on PET/CT imaging and reimbursement.

The 2020 Barry Siegel Lectureship Awards is presented to Richard Wahl, MD

Richard Wahl, MD

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 implementatin 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.

CIC Board of Directors
CIC Operating Procedures 
CIC Business Plan
CIC Council Reports to the House of Delegates
CIC Past Presidents

How to Become a Member
Membership in the Correlative Imaging 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 CIC requires payment of dues in the amount of $20/year. Dues are paid to SNMMI and will be due on October 1st of each year.

Benefits of Membership
Membership makes you a part of a professional group within the SNMMI that:

Provides continuing education for professionals in the various areas relating to Brain Imaging through sponsored symposia and continuing education courses. Each year the CIC puts on a Categorical Seminar or symposia, and Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in Correlative Imaging.

Provides a forum and a mechanism for discussion and dissemination of information relating to the Brain Imaging. The CIC members receive periodic Newsletters and electronic mailings containing information on professional activities, government issues, and a host of other topics related to the Correlative Imaging. Members will soon have access to CIC Web pages, which will contain timely and archived information relating to a variety of topics in the Brain Imaging.

Provides expertise in the Correlative Imaging to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The CIC 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 CIC council has to offer by emailing

Correlative Imaging Council Announcements

2020 Annual Meeting - CIC CE Sessions:

Finalize your plans to join your fellow CIC members at the SNMMI 2020 Annual Meeting - Virtual Edition

Be sure to add these CIC sessions to your schedule!

  • CE 03: Lymphoscintigraphy: Review of Basics, Use with SPECT/CT and Viewpoint of a Surgeon
    Sunday, July 12 12:30 - 1:30 pm

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Council membership is voluntary. Society members are eligible for council membership, and can belong to as many councils as they wish. The Correlative Imaging Council dues are $20.00. Join this council

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