Numerous medical professional societies are dedicated to or have significant involvement with clinical nuclear medicine.
Physicians, Scientists, and Technologists are members of these professional societies. These societies are a major source of news, continuing education and government relations activities. There are multiple societies in the United States and throughout the world that have nuclear medicine as all or part of their activities.
In the United States, there are several organizations whose focus is on nuclear medicine, including nuclear cardiology and PET imaging. Additionally, the major U.S. radiology societies have nuclear medicine as one of their areas of interest along with the other modalities practiced by radiologists. In many other countries, nuclear medicine is considered a separate specialty, so the radiology societies in those countries are not involved in nuclear medicine the way American radiologists may be.
Government Relations is of special interest to the Nuclear Medicine community because legislation and regulations have a major impact on the specialty. The actions of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) significantly affect Nuclear Medicine. See the "U.S. Regulations" tab above for more information.
There are many professional societies that have an interest in nuclear medicine. Those listed below are the societies that are most involved with nuclear medicine. The societies are listed relative to the extent their efforts are focused on nuclear medicine, with those most dedicated to nuclear medicine at the top. The bottom two organizations have some nuclear medicine activities, as part of their broader interest in all aspects of radiology.