June, 2016 marks the 40th anniversary of Clinical Nuclear Medicine. The journal has come such a long way from Shelton Baum's first 41 page issue in June, 1976 to our current 88 print and 44 online pages, color images and many dozens of international authors. I recall the first article in 1976, Clinical Experience: Technetium 99m Labeled Phosphates in Myocardial Imaging, an article describing myocardial infarct imaging with pyrophosphate by Louis Perez. As a resident at the time, I had copied that article as a reference for interpreting those studies, a very typical role for our journal content. One of the advantages of publishing in Clinical Nuclear Medicine was the ability to submit images as “polaroids”, a big advantage over other journals of that era that required submission of multiple expensive professional photographs in order to be considered for publication.
We have come a long way and we have a long way to go.
Patrick M. Colletti MD
Editor in Chief