Each year, the SNMMI and SNMMI-TS join forces with the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging community to gain recognition and support for the field. Celebrated during the first full week of October, Nuclear Medicine Week encourages community members to take pride in their profession – recognizing their colleagues for their hard work and promoting nuclear medicine to the entire medical community as well as to the public.
Nuclear Medicine Week allows physicians, technologists, scientists, and others involved in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging to take a proactive role in the advancement of the field. From advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment to recent breakthroughs in Alzheimer's and dementia research, nuclear medicine is improving lives—and it is up to us to educate others on these major healthcare innovations.
The theme for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week varies from year to year, but the goal is always the same: pride in what nuclear medicine and molecular imaging have brought to the healthcare environment. This year's theme: Saving Lives with Half-Lives.
More than ever, it is important that we educate others (patients, referring physicians, students, and even politicians) on the utility of nuclear medicine procedures and their benefits over other treatment and imaging modalities.
Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week is also a time to express your appreciation to your colleagues and employees; and to display your support and dedication to the field.
Although the possibilities are virtually endless, here are some ideas to help you educate, celebrate, and recognize those people who help you succeed.