The Cardiovascular Council consists of Society members interested in the performance and application of cardiovascular nuclear medicine procedures. It seeks to provide a forum for discussion and development of cardiac scintigraphic methods in an effort to realize the most beneficial applications. The Council actively seeks individuals who share this goal.


Terrence D. Ruddy, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FAHA, FCCS
Cardiovascular Council President







Dear Colleagues,

At the SNMMI Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, I had the honor of succeeding Dr. Panithaya Chareonthaitawee as President of the Cardiovascular Council (CVC).  I thank all of the members of the CVC for your ongoing support and look forward to our continued success.

We are all grateful to our Immediate Past-President, Dr. Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, for her leadership over the last year.  Her management style, an ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’, was highly effective with many significant achievements; including the successful Mid-Winter and Annual Meetings, and the joint SNMMI/ASNC publications on ‘The Role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in Cardiac Sarcoid Detection and Therapy Monitoring’ ( and ‘Clinical Quantification of Myocardial Blood Flow’ (  She gently and effectively engaged and encouraged the Council to achieve our goals and exceed our expectations.  She furthered our efforts for outreach to other cardiovascular imaging societies by collaboration on joint statements and encouraging participation and co-sponsorship in our educational programs.

The 2018 SNMMI Annual Meeting was outstanding.  The CVC was well represented with the Categorical Session ‘Case-Based Review of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging’ and numerous Continuing Education Sessions with topics ranging from ‘Measurement of Myocardial Blood Flow’ to ‘Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging’.  The CVC sponsored sessions were well attended and received excellent evaluations.

We are looking forward to the 2019 SNMMI Mid-Winter Meeting on January 17-19 in sunny Palm Springs, California.  The featured theme is ‘Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine’ with ten sessions and 40 presentations sponsored by the CVC.  Topics begin with a refresher on basic concepts of stress testing and move on to exciting new areas of research and discovery.  World renowned speakers will discuss multimodality imaging of amyloidosis, sarcoidosis and infection of cardiac valves, PET measurement of myocardial blood flow and NaF PET imaging of valvular and coronary vascular disease. All presentations will be case-based with much emphasis and time allotted for audience and speaker interaction.

This is an exciting time to be a professional in Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine.  PET myocardial perfusion imaging is becoming established as an important clinical tool for patient care and is now reimbursed in the USA and Canada.  Cardiac nuclear imaging has evolved and now includes detection and monitoring of amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, vasculitis and infection of cardiac valves and devices.  We are well positioned to assist and direct delivery of optimized patient-centered care.   We are meeting the challenges of changing reimbursement models and facilitating the development of Appropriate Use Criteria for selection of cardiac nuclear testing.

I am sure that we are all looking forward to the Mid-Winter Meeting in Palm Springs, California and the opportunity for learning from the experts and relaxing in the sun.


Cardiovascular Statistics and Imaging Guidelines

  1. Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics: 2019 Update; A Report from the American Heart Association 
  2. 2018 SPECT Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Guidelines: Instrumentation, Acquisition, Processing and Interpretation (ASNC):
  3. 2018 Clinical Quantification of Myocardial Blood Flow Using PET: Joint Position Paper of the SNMMI Cardiovascular Council and the ASNC:
  4. 2017 Standardized Reporting of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC):
  5. 2017 Joint SNMMI-ASNC Expert Consensus Document on the Role of 18F-FDG PET/CT in Cardiac Sarcoid Detection and Therapy Monitoring:
  6. 2017 Myocardial Perfusion Imaging in Women for the Evaluation of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease: State-of-the-Evidence and Clinical Recommendations (ASNC):
  7. 2016 ASNC and SNMMI Joint Position Statement on the Clinical Indications for Myocardial Perfusion PET:
  8. 2014 Approaches to Enhancing Radiation Safety in Cardiovascular Imaging: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
  9. 2013 ACCF/ACR/ASE/ASNC/SCCT/SCMR Appropriate Use of Cardiovascular Imaging in Heart Failure; A Joint Report of the ACR Appropriate Criteria Committee and the ACC Foundation AUC Task Force:
  10. Role of Noninvasive Testing in the Clinical Evaluation of Women With Suspected Ischemic Heart Disease: A Consensus Statement From the American Heart Association
  11. 2013 ACCF/ACR/ASE/ASNC/SCCT/SCMR Appropriate Use of Cardiovascular Imaging in Heart Failure; A Joint Report of the ACR Appropriate Criteria Committee and the ACC Foundation AUC Task Force
  12. 2013 ACCF/AHA/ASE/ASNC/HFSA/HRS/SCAI/SCCT/SCMR/STS Multimodality Appropriate Use Criteria for the Detection and Risk Assessment of Stable Ischemic Heart Disease
  13. All Guidelines from the American College of Cardiology can be accessed here
  14. The SNMMI’s guideline documents for the cardiovascular system can be accessed here
  15. The SNMMI's full suite of guidance on Dose Optimization is available here

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 secion provides the following council specific information.

Cardiovascular Council Board of Directors

CVC Operating Procedures

CVC Business Plan

CVC Council Reports to the House of Delegates

CVC Past Presidents


The Cardiovascular Council (CVC) works to serve and be a resource for members of the council itself who have special interest and expertise in the field of cardiovascular nuclear medicine, as well as to SNMMI as a whole in its missions and endeavors. 

As part of its mission, the CVC organizes scientific and continuing education sessions at the Mid Winter Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Society. These activities are for members of the council and for the SNMMI membership at large, and they are also open to participation and attendance by people from outside the SNMMI. The CVC also supports additional programs on specialized topics, such as cardiac PET/CT, CV Molecular Imaging and Cost Effectiveness Research.  News and activities of the CVC are circulated to council members in a semi-annual newsletter. This and other professional information will also be available through the CVC webpage, and efforts underway to expand awareness of cardiovascular nuclear medicine studies to patients and providers via Outreach links through the SNMMI website.


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The investment to join the Cardiovascular Council is minimal – only $20 annually.  Your membership dollars help us immensely in sponsoring quality programs while promoting medical education, research and patient care related to Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine.  

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Cardiovacular Council Announcements

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The 2019 SNMMI Annual Meeting will be held

June 22-25 in Anaheim, California

Join the CVC for the Nuclear Cardiology track, including these sessions:  Image Guided Decision Making and Therapy for Optimal Cardiovascular Patient Care, Cardiovasuclar Molecular Imaging & Theranostics, Non-Invasive Evaluation of CAD in 2019, Cardiac Amyloidosis: Introduction and Applications, Nuts & Bolts of Myocardial Blood Flow: Clinical Applications, Cardiovascular Boot Camp II, Cardiac Image Quantification, and the Hermann Blumgart Award Lecture: Growing Research Opportunities in Cardiovasuclar Nuclear Medicine



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2019 Annual Meeting - Nuclear Cardiology CE Track

CAT02: Image Guided Decision Making and Therapy for Optimal Cardiovascular Patient Care

Saturday, June 22, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm

This session is co-sponsored by the PET Center of Excellence and organized by CVC President Terrence Ruddy, CVC Vice-President Venkatesh Murthy, and CVC Intern Richard Weinberg. It will be moderated by April Mann of Hartford Hospital and 2018 Blumgart Award winner Thomas Schindler, MD. The format features 15-minute lectures by the world’s top Nuclear Cardiologists and is designed for clinical practicality. Topics include the functional and anatomical imaging aspects of angina, ischemic disease and dysfunction, cardiac amyloidosis, cardiac sarcoidosis, cardiovascular infections, arrhythmias and quantitative approaches. Expert case study analysis will be presented by each faculty member.

CE07: Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging & Theranostics
Saturday, June 22, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

CE12: Cardiac PET Workshop
Satuday, June 22, 3:15 - 4:45 pm

This session will explore the practical aspects of performing cardiac PET in the clinic. This session features Twyla Bartel DO and Sharmila Dorbala, MD, and is sponsored by the Correlative Imaging Council.

CE21: Non-Invasive Evaluation of CAD in 2019
Sunday, June 23, 12:30 - 2:00 pm

This session will examine the value of SPECT/CT and coronary calcium scoring, PET perfusion and flow, and the contributions of CCTA. This session is organized by Thomas Schindler, MD and Daniel Berman, MD.

CE35: Cardiac Amyloidosis: Introduction and Applications
Sunday, June 23, 4:45 - 6:15 pm

This session is designed by Timothy Bateman, MD and Mehran Sadeghi, MD. This session will provide a thorough review of the pathophysiology, treatment options, imaging modalities and growing role of nuclear cardiology protocols useful in assessment of this disease

CE42: Nuts & Bolts of Myocardial Blood Flow: Clinical Applications
Monday, June 24 10:00 - 11:30 am

Organized by Venkatesh Murthy, this session incorporates some of the recognized leaders in this important aspect of physiologic assessment. With Dr. Murthy are Robert DeKemp and Terrance Ruddy of Ottawa Heart, and Thomas Schindler of Wash U.

CE49: Cardiovascular Boot Camp II
Monday, June 24 12:30 - 2:00 pm

This session features the CVC Interns and will provide insight into stress testing protocols, achieving the 9 mSv dose threshold, reporting SPECT MPI and an introduction to imaging cardiac sarcoidosis with FDG PET.

CE70: Hermann Blumgart Award Lecture: Growing Research Opportunities in Cardiovascular Nuclear Medicine
Tuesday, June 25, 8:00 - 9:30 am

CE77: Cardiac Image Quantification
Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 - 11:30 am

This session is organized by Council Directors Salvador Borges-Neto and Piotr Slomka

Additional 2019 CVC AM Educational Opportunities


  • Abstract session 5: Cardiovascular Basic Science, Saturday, June 22 3:15 - 4:45 pm
  • Abstract session 13: Cardiovascular YIA Symposium, Sunday, June 23 12:30 - 2:00 pm
  • TS15: Technologist Papers II: Cardiovascular Science, Sunday, June 23 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Abstract session 21: Cardiovascular Clinical Science, Advances in Clinical Utility of MBF Quantification, Sunday, June 23 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • TS09: Cardiovascular Boot Camp 1: Sunday, June 23 4:45 pm
  • Posters: Preclinical Probes for Cardiovascular Sunday, June 23 6:30 - 8:00 pm
  • Abstract session 29: CV Basic Science: Myocardial Perfusion and Flow Quantification Monday, June 24 10:00 - 11:30 am
  • Abstract session 37: CV Clinical Science: Improving Prognostication from Cardiac Nuclear Imaging Monday, June 24 
  • Abstract session 45: CV Clinical Science: Infiltrative Cardiomyopathies and Infection Imaging Monday, June 24 4:45 - 6:15 pm
  • Abstract session 49: Preclinical Probes for Cardiovascular Tuesday, June 25 8:00 - 9:30 am
  • Abstract session 53: CV Clinical Science: Vulnerable Plaque and Innervation Imaging Tuesday, June 25 8:00 - 9:30 am
  • TS36: Cardiac PET in 2019
  • Cardiovascular Basic Science Posters Tuesday, June 25 3:00 - 4:30 pm
  • Cardiovascular Clinical Science Posters Tuesday, June 25 3:00 - 4:30 pm