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Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences

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Since its advent as a Radiation Medicine Research Center in 1963, the Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences(KIRAMS) has contributed to the advancement of science and technology in) Korea and the improvement of the national health status based on) research on the medical application of radiation.

In 1963, KIRAMS first brought in a Cobalt-60, the first radiotherapy machine) for cancer in Korea, and significantly increased the cure rate of cancer) patients. In 2002, we successfully established state-of-the-art radiotherapy) in Korea by bringing in the first CyberKnife. In 2003, we utilized) PET/CT to increase the accuracy of cancer diagnosis.) We also developed a cyclotron using local technology,) thereby laying the foundation for cancer research endeavors for the early) diagnosis and treatment of cancer using radioactive isotopes.

We have led the national cancer treatment with diagnostic and therapeutic technology based on cutting-edge science since our restructuring in 1973 into the Korea Cancer Center Hospital up to the 1990s. After our relaunch as a direct sub-organization under the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2007, we have distinguished ourselves from other medical centers by establishing the research field of radiological medicine and expanding radiation emergency medical center.

Korea has achieved amazing economic growth in a land with limited natural resources. Likewise, KIRAMS has also led the way to medical excellence by applying cutting-edge science to the field of medicine, despite the difficult clinical environment. We now aim to extend beyond the mission of conquering cancer to be reborn as a public institution that endeavors to solve national and social problems and benefit our people.

We will continue to open new horizons in radiation medicine by building specialized hospitals for science and technology that lead research and development efforts for biomedical science, fortifying research and diagnostic functions on daily radiation exposure and establishing a national radiation medicine center for supplying, researching, and applying medical radioactive isotopes.

KIRAMS will pave the way for the next half-century for the betterment of national scientific and medical technology as well as national health, based on our 50 years of experience and achievement.

Chairperson
Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences
Mi-Sook Kim