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June 11, 2012

SNM Membership Votes to Change Name to Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

Miami Beach, Fla.–The Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) membership today showed resounding support for the proposal to change the name of the organization to the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. In an official vote held at the Business Meeting portion of the SNM 2012 Annual Meeting, more than two-thirds of SNM members present voted affirmatively to change the society’s name.

“Over the past five years, SNM has made a concerted effort to embrace other modalities that, like nuclear medicine, utilize the tracer principle. The name ‘Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’ retains our rich history and identity while recognizing the growing diversity in our field.  Retaining ‘nuclear medicine’ as part of the society’s name also recognizes the therapeutic, medicinal aspects of nuclear medicine,” said George Segall, SNM immediate past president.

SNM undertook a comprehensive process to engage its members, providing pros and cons of changing the name and soliciting feedback. In January 2012 the SNM House of Delegates passed an amendment to the SNM bylaws that would change the society’s name to the “Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.” The final step in the process was today’s membership vote held at the Annual Meeting.

“Changing our name is part of the natural progression of the organization to embrace molecular imaging,” said Frederic Fahey, DSc, SNM president and co-chair of the SNM Name Change Task Force. “We will continue to engage in activities to promote both nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. As an organization we now stand prepared to lead the way in translating novel imaging and therapeutic strategies for the new era of molecular and personalized medicine.”

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About SNM—Advancing Molecular Imaging and Therapy

SNM is an international scientific and medical organization dedicated to raising public awareness about what molecular imaging is and how it can help provide patients with the best health care possible. SNM members specialize in molecular imaging, a vital element of today’s medical practice that adds an additional dimension to diagnosis, changing the way common and devastating diseases are understood and treated.

SNM’s more than 17,000 members set the standard for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine practice by creating guidelines, sharing information through journals and meetings and leading advocacy on key issues that affect molecular imaging and therapy research and practice. For more information, visit www.snm.org.