Korea Institute of Radiological & Medical Sciences
KIRAMS the Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences, is the nation's leading cancer center, founded in 1963 as the Radiation Medicine Research Center. In 1973, we were renamed the Korea Cancer Center Hospital then in 2002, a new medical complex composed of a hospital, a research center, and the National Radiation Emergency Medical Center ware established. For the last 40 years, we have been the nation's most productive cancer center in terms of developing cancer diagnosis and treatment technologies. Since 1988, according to national cancer database statistics, we have grown to become the nation's largest cancer center serving 5 - 11% of the nation's cancer patients. We have the latest and most comprehensive treatment services and facilities such as PET/CT., the CyberKnife Center, and the Cancer Prevention Center. We also maintain a high level of service by continually updating our medical services through various education programs and through interaction with the world's most prestigious cancer centers such as the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In addition to our primary focus on cancer care, we have also developed a national networking system in preparation for future radiation disasters. During radiation emergencies, our facility will provide immediate and organized medical care to radiation-exposed patients. Using our research cyclotron, we were able to produce Korea's very first medically useful radioisotope. The 13MeV cyclotron facility was developed using our own technology. In cooperation with the Korean government, we have pursued the distribution of cyclotron technology to other local medical institutes. Also, we have achieved other significant developments in research such as genetic treatment methods, nuclear imaging techniques, anti-cancer immunization boosting medicines, artificial skin, and others. Based on our past achievements and experience in radiation medicine and cancer treatment technologies, we are confident that we will continue to make great contributions to improving the quality of life in Korea.