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.

The focus over the past five years has been CT education, which has been well received by SNMMI members. In addition to CT workshops, the council will work with the Molecular Imaging Center of Excellence and the PET Center of Excellence, on continuing education in basic science, translational research, and potential clinical applications of nuclear and non-nuclear molecular imaging technologies.

Correlative Imaging Council Walter Wolf Young Investigator Award

The SNMMI Correlative Imaging Council established the Walter Wolf Young Investigator Award in 2006 in honor of Walter Wolf, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chair of the Biomedical Imaging Science Initiative at the University of Southern California. Dr. Wolf, who is also a Past President of the Correlative Imaging Council, has been a leader in the field of pharmacokinetic imaging and drug development. This award recognizes a young investigator for originality, scientific methodology, and overall contribution to Molecular Imaging or Therapy through original research showing the importance and value of correlative imaging in all fields of medicine. The award recipient (presenting author) will receive a certificate + monetary prize.

NOTE: This is a freestanding award, and thus is not part of an awards symposium. There will be a single award winner for the best correlative imaging abstract, as evaluated by qualified SNMMI committee members across categories. The award will be presented at the Correlative Imaging Council Business Meeting during the SNMMI Annual Meeting, and will be recognized by the Moderator of the scientific session for which it was accepted.

To be considered for the Walter Wolf Award:

  • Investigators must submit to the Physician/Scientist/Pharmacist program. This award is not track- or category-specific. Abstracts submitted to any track/category within the Physician/Scientist/Pharmacist program are eligible for consideration.
  • Investigators must choose “Oral or Poster” as the designated presentation type. “Poster Only” submissions, as well as abstracts accepted as posters, will not be considered.
  • Investigators are encouraged to submit supporting data to allow better evaluation of their work by SNMMI peer review teams. Supporting data may include 1 table, and/or 1 image, and/or a set of references. Supporting data is neither publishable nor reproducible, and is used solely for the purpose of conducting abstract reviews by a qualified team of experts in the field.
  • Investigators must be a pharmacist, physician, scientist, technologist, or allied health professional in-training, and less than 10 years in practice.
  • Investigators may be considered for multiple awards, but only one award will be given per investigator. The lead investigator (Presenting Author/Award Recipient) must be designated at the time of abstract submission.

IMPORTANT: The winner of this award must be able to provide a power point presentation of his/her abstract to the Correlative Imaging Council board members at the SNM Annual meeting.

2014 Correlative Imaging Council Walter Wolf Young Investigator Award Winner:

Dr. Jean-Francois Montegianifor his abstract titled Personalized 177Lu-octreotate PPRT: Cycle-to-cycle renal radiation dose prediction using quantitative SPECT/CT dosimeter."

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


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 Committees and Committee Members
CIC Council Reports to the House of Delegates
CIC Past Presidents
CIC Elections

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.

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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 now.

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CIC Newsletters

The CIC publishes its newsletter twice a year (Fall and Spring). You must be a member of the council to view the newsletter.

2014 Summer CIC Newsletter (coming soon...)
CIC Newsletter Fall 2011 
CIC Newsletter Winter 2011

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SNMMI Correlative Imaging Council
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Reston, VA 20190