Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
|Motto||Advancing Molecular Imaging and Therapy|
|Headquarters||1850 Samuel Morse Drive, Reston, VA 20190|
|Key people||Virginia Pappas, CAE, CEO|
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), formerly the Society of Nuclear Medicine, is a nonprofit scientific and professional organization that promotes the science, technology and practical application of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. SNMMI’s mission is to improve human health by advancing molecular imaging and therapy. SNMMI represents 19,000 nuclear and molecular imaging professionals worldwide. Members include physicians, technologists, physicists, pharmacists, scientists, laboratory professionals and more. For more than 50 years, SNMMI members have contributed to advances in medical imaging to allow for noninvasive diagnosis, management and treatment of diseases.
The SNMMI national headquarters is located in Reston, Va., and 13 state/regional chapters are located throughout the United States and Canada. As a volunteer organization, SNMMI is governed by a policy-making board of directors, a house of delegates, committees and councils.
SNMMI’s journal, The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, is the highest-rated journal in all medical imaging according to 2011 Journal Citation Reports© published by Thomson Reuters. The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology focuses specifically on issues of interest to technologists. In addition, SNMMI publishes a number of books, newsletters and other products of interest to its members.
Education and Research
SNMMI’s Annual Meeting and Mid-Winter Meeting provide the nuclear and molecular imaging community with education programs on the latest advances in the field. SNMMI also offers Maintenance of Certification courses as well as live and online learning opportunities through its Learning Center.
SNMMI provides a forum in which researchers and physicians can communicate and collaborate to speed the process of evaluating scientific and clinical research and integrating it into clinical practice.
On behalf of its members, SNMMI advocates for improved policies and legislation for research, funding and reimbursement for molecular imaging. SNMMI also works with its members to develop practice guidelines and accreditation standards.
SNMMI places a priority on educating patients and referring physicians about nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. A Patient Advocacy Advisory Board was created to guide the society’s outreach efforts. The board includes the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Thyroid Association, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, the American Heart Association, the Men’s Health Network and the Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association. One of the main projects of the board was the development of a patient-oriented website, www.discoverMI.org.