Molecular Imaging and Biology

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 332–335 | Cite as

Managers of Molecular Imaging Laboratories (MOMIL) Interest Group

  • Michael L. Nickels
  • Mark D. Pagel
Special Topic


The Managers of Molecular Imaging Laboratories (MOMIL) interest group in the World Molecular Imaging Society provides a forum for exchanging information between researchers who manage molecular imaging laboratories and institutional core facilities. This information exchange includes operational procedures for acquiring and analyzing imaging results, including considerations for quality assurance and quality control, and animal handling and care for imaging studies. MOMIL also exchanges administrative policies, interactions with collaborators and clients, and industry relations. In addition to this comprehensive review of MOMIL, more information is available at

Key words

Molecular imaging Laboratory management World Molecular Imaging Society 



The authors would like to thank Drs. Chris Contag and Raymond Gibson for helpful advice.

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Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS)Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiology and Radiological SciencesVanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Medical ImagingUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  4. 4.University of Arizona Cancer CenterUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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