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Nuclear medicine is an advanced medical field that uses radioisotopes to diagnose and treat various states and diseases of the body. We administer tracers that reflect the body’s metabolism, and visualize their distribution or precisely measure the quantity of trace elements in the blood or body fluids to allow early diagnosis of diseases including many types of cancers, neurologic disease, heart disease, endocrine disease, and kidney disease, to aid in treatment. We also administer radiopharmaceuticals that gather at specific diseased regions of the body to treat diseases.

Strong points

The Department of Nuclear Medicine at the Samsung Medical Center consists of six professors, 10 physicians, and 60 staff members who provide world-class testing and medical services in our medical imaging, PET testing, and clinical specimen testing rooms.
In 1994, we opened our PET center with a PET scanner and cyclotron for the first time in Korea, and have performed a leading role in the field of nuclear imaging in the nation ever since.
Also, we obtained the international standard for medical service ISO15189 certificate through the Korea Laboratory Accreditation Scheme (KOLAS) in September 2014 for the first time in Korea, along with our world-class ex vivo specimen testing room.
As of 2015, we are equipped with four PET/CT scanners, seven SPECT gamma cameras, including a SPECT/CT scanner, two cyclotrons, six gamma-ray detectors, and two automatic dispensers, and most of them are up-to-date devices released at the end of 2000. Diagnosis and testing cases have increased annually, and in 2014 we performed 21,000 PET/CT tests, 24,000 general nuclear imaging tests, 870,000 cases of specimen tests using radioimmunoassay, and 800 treatments using radioisotopes. Our medical personnel provide rapid results with their expertise and experience in each field including tumors, cardiology, and neurologic diseases to allow for smooth treatment. We are doing our utmost to provide the best service by minimizing the waiting time for patients to lessen their inconvenience.

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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.

Patients’Responsibilities

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.