The Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council (PIDSC) is composed of Society members who have an interest in medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysisand their applications in therapeutic, diagnostic or investigational nuclear medicine.

PIDSC's mission is to promote the dissemination of knowledge and the advancement of medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysis and their applications for diagnosis and treatment in nuclear medicine to its members and to the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging as a whole. The objectives of the Council to carry out the mission are:

  1. To promote effective use of medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysis in the diagnostic, therapeutic, and investigational applications of nuclear medicine, including molecular imaging initiatives;
  2. To provide a forum for the members of the Society of Nuclear Medicine who have an interest in medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysis;
  3. To provide members of the Society of Nuclear Medicine with a source of information on medical physics, nuclear instrumentation, and data analysis.

Dear Colleague,

I wish to welcome you and to introduce you to the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council (PIDSC). This is the first year following the official name change (with overwhelming approval by council membership) from our original name, the Computer & Instrumentation Council (CaIC). We believe the new council name better reflects the areas of expertise and activity of our council members. In addition to our continued strengths in physics, instrumentation and data analysis methods (more on this later), our membership is developing expertise in emerging “data sciences” sub-fields such as radiomics, machine learning and data-driven analysis, as showcased by our scientific as well as continuing education (CE) sessions in the recent years. We continue to build strong collaborative and educational efforts, and to add strengths to the nuclear medicine community, aimed at high-quality, cost-effective and personalized healthcare.

Overall, our members are active on numerous fronts. We develop new exciting imaging detectors and instruments. We develop state-of-the-art algorithms and software for image generation and processing. We work hard to improve quality and quantitative accuracy of nuclear medicine images. We oversee quality control and equipment evaluation in settings ranging from community hospitals to academic research centers. And within SNMMI, we are also home to physicians, technologists, and other scientists, experts and trainees, who have an interest in the technology of molecular imaging. 

The PIDSC strives to ensure that the CE sessions at SNMMI mid-winter and annual meetings fulfill the needs and interests of the nuclear medicine community. It provides input and expertise to organizations within and outside of SNMMI on matters related to medical physics, instrumentation and data analysis.

At each SNMMI annual meeting, our council oversees Young Investigator Awards for Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences presentations, recognizing the achievements of those new to the field. We present the Edward J. Hoffman Memorial award in recognition of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to molecular science, instrumentation and education. This award is a tribute to Dr. Hoffman, a pioneer in nuclear medicine instrumentation. The PIDSC also administers the Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award. Dr. Faber was a pioneer in 3D visualization and analysis of gated myocardial perfusion imaging, and the award is a tribute to her legacy and honors the advancement of women in medical imaging sciences.

Whether you are a scientist or engineer looking for a community of peers for discussion and ideas, a physician with insight and interest in applications of imaging techniques, or a technologist trying to better utilize your facility’s imaging systems, the PIDSC is a council that needs your expertise and which can also be of value to you. Please join us today.

Arman Rahmim, PhD

President, PIDSC

Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award 

The Tracy Lynn Faber Memorial Award is given each year to support advancement of women in medical imaging sciences. The Award is given either to an individual (woman or man) who has promoted significantly advancement of women in medical imaging sciences, or to a woman in early- or mid-career who has made one or more significant contributions to medical imaging sciences. Most often the award will be given to a woman in the second category; as it is hoped that recognition of a significant contribution or contributions of such an awardee will advance meaningfully the career of the awardee.

Learn more about the Tracy Lynn Faber Award.

The Ed Hoffman Memorial Award

The highest award of SNMMI's Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council was created to honor the memory of Professor Edward J. Hoffman.  It recognizes scientists in the field of nuclear medicine for their service and dedication to research and development of nuclear medicine instrumentation and to educating and training the next generation of scientists.  The award is presented during the Ed Hoffman Memorial CE lecture at the SNMMI Annual Meeting, during the where the winner gives the lecture.

Learn more about the Ed Hoffman Award.

ERF PIDSC Young Investigator Awards Symposium

SNMMI symposium and competition, in association with the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council, for the best scientific abstracts on computer and instrumentation nuclear medicine.

Learn more about the ERF PIDSC Young Investigator Award

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 implementation 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.

PIDSC Board of Directors
PIDSC Operating Procedures
PIDSC Business Plan
PPIDSC Council Reports to the House of Delegates 
PIDSC Past Presidents

How to Become a Member
Membership in the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences 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 PIDSC requires payment of dues in the amount of $15/year. Dues are paid to SNMMI and will be due on October 1st of each year. Join this council

Benefits of Membership

Membership makes you a part of a professional group within the SNMMI that:

Provides continuing education for professionals in technical areas relating to nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (e.g. advanced instrumentation, data processing, image reconstruction, quantitation, assessment, etc.) through sponsored symposia and continuing education courses. Each year the PIDSC puts on a Categorical Seminar or symposia, and Continuing Education Courses on topics of interest to professionals in medical physics.

Provides a forum and a mechanism for discussion and dissemination of information relating to computer and instrumentation aspects. PIDSC members receive periodic Newsletters and electronic mailings containing information on professional activities, government issues, and a host of other topics. Members will soon have access to PIDSC Web pages, which will contain timely and archived information relating to a variety of topics in computer and instrumentation.

Provides expertise in medical physics, instrumentation and data sciences to SNMMI leadership and to groups outside of SNMMI seeking such expertise. The PIDSC 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 PIDSC  has to offer by emailing

PIDSC Announcements


The 2020 SNMMI Mid-Winter Meeting & ACNM Annual Meeting will be held

January 23-25, 2020 in Tampa, Florida

Visit the Website for more information. 

Join the PIDSC

Council membership is voluntary. Society members are eligible for council membership, and can belong to as many councils as they wish. The dues for the Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council are $15.00. Join this council

Nuclear Medicine Tools

Nuclear Medicine Tools: created and maintained by the PIDSC interns

PIDSC Events

2019 Annual Meeting - PIDSC Sessions:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Methods and Applications in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
  • Nuts and Bolts - State-of-the-Art PET/CT: Physics, Instrumentation, Performance and Clinical Application
  • Total Body PET and its Applications
  • Physics, Instrumentation and Data Sciences Council Hoffman Award Lectureship
  • Practical Radiopharmaceutical Dosimetry
  • Motion Correction: Basic Technology and Clinical Applications
  • Joint AAPM/SNMMI Symposium-Bridging Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Therapy Towards Precision Oncology