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SMC’s HVS Imaging Center opened in September 2009 and operates in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. This center is composed of doctors from the departments of cardiac surgery, cardiology, pediatric cardiology, radiology and vascular surgery, and they provide patients with top-class diagnosis and treatment services. Every day, we analyze cardiovascular images and create integrated treatment plans to change how the world treats heart disease.

Major areas of treatment

Specialties: cardiovascular imaging, cerebrovascular imaging

1. One-day Examinations

  • Our one-day examination system ensures patients with cardiac diseases are seen more promptly and accurately.
  • State-of-the-art CT, MRI and echocardiographic imaging ensures better diagnoses.
  • Faculty decide the care plan without requiring the patient to be hospitalized or return.

2. Comprehensive care

  • Faculty from relevant departments participate in post-treatment care for the patient. These departments includecardiology, pediatric cardiology, radiology, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery.
  • Faculty analyze, diagnose and establish comprehensive care plans daily to improve existing diagnosis and care methods.
  • Establishes diagnosis and treatment plans for complex cardiovascular diseases.


  • First imaging center in Asia to cooperate with the Mayo Clinic.
  • Provides early screening for cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases, and also provides specialized tests for rare heart and brain diseases.
  • Quick confirmation of diagnosis thanks to a one-day diagnostic process.
  • Provides accurate diagnosis through cutting-edge imaging.
  • Concurrent advanced and internationalized global studies.

Diagnostic tests

Our center is equipped with high-tech facilities, including the 128-slice dual-source CT, which is capable of taking one cardiovascular images per second, while using a small amount of radiation (maximum 1 mSv), making the treatment extremely safe and effective. With the advanced equipment and resources of our echocardiographic imaging department, we have been able to increase the accuracy and speed of diagnosis. We have also installed an MRI device exclusively for the heart. With this advanced equipment, we are now able to diagnose our patients more accurately and more quickly. The following is a list of some of our other diagnostic tools:

  • Echocardiography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Stress echocardiography
  • Contrast-enhancedechocardiography
  • Computerized tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Recent trends in clinical research

Collaborating with the Mayo Clinic has made SMC’s Heart Vascular Stroke Institute Asia's international hub in the field of Heart Vascular Stroke Institute care.

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Patients' Rights and Responsibilities

Patients' Rights

1. Right to receive medical care

Patients have the right to receive proper medical and nursing services for their Health Protection and Promotion and they will not be discriminated for gender, age, religion, status, nationality, language, race, or physical/mental/financial circumstances nor be violated of their health. Medical team may not deny medical care without justifiable reason.

2. Right to be informed & autonomous decision

Patients have the right to receive be well-informed and to inquire in detail about the treating physician’s specialty, status of their disease, purpose of the treatment, treatment plan, method, expected results and side effects of the treatment, discharge plan, medical cost, whether or not they are a subject to medical research, organ transplant/donation and etc, and to decide whether to give consent. Patients may stop or deny specific treatment or planned medical care within the ethical guideline and may decide on an alternative treatment.

3. Right to have confidentiality

Patients will not be violated of their rights to confidentiality regarding their physical/health status and privacy. Medical team and facility may not reveal or announce patient’s confidential information, including personal information, unless patient has gives consent or specified in the law, such as criminal investigation.

4. Right to request for consultation and mediation

Patients may request for consultation and mediation from an internal or external agency (Korea Consumer Agency, Korea Medical Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Agency) in the event of any medical dispute.

5. Right to be respected of values or beliefs

Patients will not be discriminated for their culture, religious values or beliefs, and their rights will not be violated.

6. Right to be physically protected and to have stability of mind and bod

Patients have the right to be protected from possible danger in the hospital and to have the stability of mind and body.


1. Responsible to trust and respect the medical team

Patients must accurately inform the medical team of their health condition, trust and respect the medical team’s treatment plan. Patients may be responsible for consequences which results from not following the instruction.

2. Responsible to not use dishonest method for medical treatment

Patients must reveal their identity before receiving any medical care and must not use false or dishonest method, such as receiving medical case under disguised ownership.

3. Responsible to abide by all hospital regulations

Patients must abide by all hospital regulations, respect hospital staff and other patients, and earnestly fulfill the financial obligation to the hospital.