Reaching New Heights in Nuclear Medicine


High Country continues to attract and blend experts from academia and industry, with leaders in medical specialties, the regulatory agencies and health care researchers in an informal setting to facilitate dialog and an exchange of ideas. The meeting consists of six to seven hours of structured sessions per day (8 sessions total). In between sessions, roundtable discussions will be held and there are ample opportunities for independent meetings and networking. The 2024 meeting, with anticipated attendance of 100 participants, promises to open avenues and opportunities of collaboration on a variety of issues important to the nuclear medicine and molecular imaging community while allowing interaction and networking.

Over the course of four days, the High Country Nuclear Medicine Conference will offer 27 hours of content. No CE Credit will be offered at the 2024 Conference. The 2024 Conference will only be held in-person.

2024 Program

*All times are Mountain Time. Schedule Subject to Change.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Breakfast with Vendors


7:00 AM – 9:30 AM  Session: Breast Imaging

Session Chair: Bital Savir-Baruch, MD, FACNM

Co-Chair: Kevin Donohoe

Session Topics:

    Guiding Treatment: The Precision of Lymphoscintigraphy in Breast Cancer

     Speaker: Kevin Donohoe

    Shaping Tomorrow’s Diagnosis: Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) in Early Breast Cancer Detection

     Speaker: Bital Savir-Baruch, MD, FACNM

     Improving Care: FES-PET’s Essential Role in Improving the Diagnosis and Management of Metastatic Breast Cancer

     Speaker: Ephraim Parent

     Case-based presentation and expert panel discussion
     Speaker: Panel Discussion


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Roundtable: Breast Imaging

Lead: Bital Savir-Baruch, MD, FACNM


4:00 PM – 7:30 PM Session: Cardiology

Session Chair: Robert Miller, MD

Co-Chair: Piotr Slomka, PhD

Session Topics:

     Imaging Cardiac Amyloidosis: SPECT and PET

     Speaker: Sarah Cuddy, MD

     Hybrid Imaging for myocardial perfusion

     Speaker: Rob Miller, MD

     Hybrid Imaging: Cardiac Applications of PET/MR and Novel Tracers

     Speaker:  Zahi Fayad, PhD

     Myocardial  Blood Flow Quantification: Implications for Coronary Microvascular Disease

     Speaker: Panithaya Chareonthaitawee, M.D.

     Novel Clinical Applications of Artificial Intelligence  for Nuclear Cardiology

     Speaker: Piotr Slomka, PhD


Sunday, March 3, 2024

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Breakfast with Vendors


7:00 AM – 9:30 AM  Session: Alphatherapy 

Session Chair: Roy Brown, MBA

Co-Chair: Andreas Kjaer, MD, PhD, DMSc, MBA

Session Topics: 

     Topic 1

     Speaker: Edward O’Neill

     Astatine-211:  Ready for prime time?

     Speaker: Yutian Feng, PhD

      A Pioneering Effort in Simultaneous Fr-221/Bi-213 Imaging: To Boldly Quantify as Never Before… Now What?

     Speaker: Eileen Sneeden

     Topic 4

      Speaker: Kohshin Washiyama, Ph.D.


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Roundtable: Thyroid Cancer, Iodine Refractory

Lead: Michael Wissmeyer, MD, PhD


4:30 PM – 7:00 PM Hal O’Brien Award Talk

Session Chair: Piotr Slomka, PhD

Session Topics: 

     Topic: TBD

     Speaker: Courtney Lawhn Heath, MD

     Using Bioinformatic Analyses to Enhance the Therapeutic Effect of Receptor Radionuclide Therapy in Neuroendocrine Tumors

     Speaker: Pedram Heidari, MD

     PET imaging in dementia

     Speaker: Mary Ellen Koran, MD, Ph.D.

     Topic: TBD

     Speaker: Brittany Weber, MD, PhD




7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sunday Night Dinner & Hal O’Brien Rising Star Award Ceremony. Open to all in-person attendees with meeting registration. Additional tickets available for guests.


Monday, March 4, 2024

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Breakfast with Vendors


7:00 AM – 9:30 AM  Session: Regulatory

Session Chair: Ira Goldman

Co-Chair: Denise Merlino

Session Topics: 

     Legislative Developments related to MACRA, Physician payments, etc. 

     Speaker: Kathy Flood

     CMS coverage policy changes for beta amyloid imaging and payment policy changes(?) for diagnostic 


     Speaker:  Denise Merlino

     FIND Act 

     Speaker: Ira Goldman

     Update on NRC rule-making for medical radioisotopes (esp. amendments to patient release guidelines) 

     Speaker: Chris Einberg


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Roundtable: Legislative

Lead: Ira Goldman, MA / Denise Merlino


4:00 PM- 7:30 PM  Session: Neurology

Session Chair: Andrew Stephens, MD, PhD

Session Topics:


     New tau tracers for primary 4R tauopathies

     Speaker: Neal Vasdev

     Clinical Applications of neuroinflammatory imaging agents

     Speaker: Keenan Walker

     The Impact of anti-amyloid AD therapies on nuclear medicine and radiology

     Speaker: Satoshi Minoshima

     Beyond amyloid PET;  clinical utility of tau PET imaging

     Speaker: Renaud La Joie

      Imaging Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

     Speaker: Mike Alosco


Tuesday, March 5, 2024

6:30 AM – 7:00 AM Breakfast with Vendors


7:00 AM – 9:30 AM  Session: Instrumentation

Session Chair: Hans Vija

Co-Chair: Michael Wissmeyer, MD, PhD

Session Topics:

     Full ring SPECT/CT: Will it replace conventional gamma cameras and SPECT/CT systems?
      Speaker: Benjamin Auer

     PET/MRI in pediatrics

     Speaker: Helen Nagel 

     Highlights for the IEEE Meeting

     Speaker:  Hans Vija


1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Roundtable: Instrumentation & Theranostics

Lead: Michael Wissmeyer, MD, PhD & Andreas Kjaer, MD, PhD


4:00 PM- 7:30 PM  Session: Theranostics

Session Chair: Andreas Kjaer, MD, PhD

Session Topics: 

     Novel radionuclide therapies for neuroendocrine tumors: overview of ongoing trials