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.


Thomas Hope, MD

2024 SNMMI Correlative Imaging Council (CIC) Imaging Case Competition

The SNMMI Correlative Imaging Council will be hosting its 1st annual Imaging Case Competition at this year’s SNMMI Annual Meeting, which takes place June 8-11 in Toronto, Canada. The top 3 cases will be showcased at the annual meeting, will be eligible for a cash prize.

Top 3 winning cases:

  • Showcased at the 2024 SNMMI Annual Meeting
  • Cash Prize: $500 for top case and $250 for two (2) runner up cases.


Case Submission Guidelines:

Case Criteria:

  • Case competition submissions should include nuclear medicine studies that highlight the role of multiple imaging modalities.
  • Types of cases to consider submitting range from classic cases, unusual/uncommon cases, interesting artifacts or medication-effects, etc.
  • There is no limit to the number of cases you can submit. You MUST be a SNMMI member to submit cases.

Power Point Guide/Outline:

  • Slide 1: Name, Institution, title of case
  • Slide 2 -3 : Patient History – Patient age, medical history, presenting symptoms etc. and Images.
    • Patient identifiers MUST NOT be included on your images or in your case information. Including personal health information identifiers will result in immediate disqualification.
    • Images should be added to your PowerPoint in either JPEG or TIFF format. Cine video clips could be included as needed.
    • Please include an appropriate caption for each image, including:
      • The type of study, radiotracer used
      • Label and describe the relevant findings.
  • Slide 4: Brief discussion of the case


Power Point Upload Instructions:

Deadline: Cases are due by May 1, 2024

2024 Correlative Imaging Council Walter Wolf Young Investigator Award

The 2024 Correlative Imaging Council Walter Wolf Young Investigator Award Winner is Joe Baal for his abstract titled: “Clinical Impact of Sigma-1 Receptor PET/MRI on Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Management.

Joe Baal

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

2024 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 2024 Barry Siegel Lectureship Awards is presented to Steven Rowe, MD

Past Recipients:

2023 - Michael Graham, PhD, MD, FACR, FSNMMI

2022 - David Schuster, MD

2021 - Ora Israel, MD

2020 - Richard Wahl, MD, FACNM

2019 - Barry Siegel, MD, FSNMMI

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

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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

Join This Council

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