In June of 2008, a nuclear medicine department was opened at SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center. Professor Ho Young Lee was appointed first head of the new nuclear medicine department.
On May 24 2005, the Department was designated as the world first IAEA Collaboration Center for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. This designation represented the acknowledgment of the active academic and international activities of the Department. After this esignation, many nuclear medicine physicians and researchers visited the SNUH for training by the support of IAEA and the Department.
The Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, a major branch hospital of SNUH, opened on May 1, 2003 with a new Department of Nuclear Medicine. Professor Sang Eun Kim was appointed Director of the Nuclear Medicine Department at Bundang Hospital.
To promote cooperation and the development of nuclear medicine in Asia, the ARCCNM was established by the Board of Directors from 7 Asian countries on February 9, 2001. Professors Myung Chul Lee and June-Key Chung were elected to be the first Chairman and Secretary-General of the council, respectively.
On September 6, 2000, during the annual congress of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine in Paris, the General Assembly of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology (WFNMB) granted Korea rights to host the 9th World Congress of Nuclear Medicine and Biology in 2006. In conjunction, Professor Myung Chul Lee was elected to be the next president of the World Federation of Nuclear Medicine and Biology (2002~2006) and June Key Chung was chosen as Secretary-General.
Department of Nuclear Medicine was seperated from the Department of Internal Medicine in College of Medicine. Professor Myung Chul Lee was appointed the first Chairman of the Department.
In 1996, the Department of Nuclear Medicine could have its own resident according to the establishment of KBNM. Seok-Ki Kim was selected as the first nuclear medicine resident.
The KBNM was established in January 28 1995, by the approval of the Ministry of Health and Society. This great achievement was made possible through the cultivation of many relationships and much persuasion with stakeholdes of several academic societies and government over the course of ten years.
On June 15, 1994, Korea's first positron emission tomography (PET) scanner (ECAT EXACT 47, Siemens) was installed in SNUH. At that time, PET and cyclotron facility required an investment of about 6 million dollars and it was a kind of venture for both the Department and the SNUH.
This venture was led by Prof. Myung Chul Lee with the hearty support of Prof. Chang-Soon Koh and June-Key Chung.
On July 31, 1993, two multi-head SPECT gamma cameras (a dual and a triple head SPECT, Picker) and whole body scanning dual-head gamma camera (Body Scanner, Siemens) were introduced. Accordingly, SPECT studies such as ictal and acetazolamide brain SPECT and myocardial perfusion SPECT were able to be performed routinely.
On April 20, 1992, a new textbook titled "Nuclear Medicine" was published by the edition of Prof. Koh. This textbook covered all the fields of nuclear medicine comprehensively in Korean.
Significant innovations were made to nuclear medicine imaging with the introduction of a SPECT camera, ZLC-75 Rota (Siemens) on June 1, 1986. SPECT was used for brain and heart imaging.
"Im-Sang Haek-Eui-Hak (Clinical Nuclear Medicine)", the first textbook on nuclear medicine in Korean was published in 1982 by edition of Prof. Munho Lee.
Since the beginning of the RI Clinic, thyroid cancer had been treated on the outpatient basis or in general ward in SNUH until 1979. In 1979, dedicated patient’s room for RI therapy was established in the new building of SNUH and high-dose (over 150 mCi) radioiodine treatment was started using the room.
On July 15th, 1978, SNUH was transformed to an independent institute according to the national Code on SNUH. With this change, the RI Clinic was reorganized to a clinical department in SNUH. Prof. Koh was appointed the fi rst director. Three gamma cameras(ON 410, ON 420, Dyna 4/15) and gamma and beta counters were installed. Imaging study on demand got available with the use of 99Mo/99mTc generator
A well type gamma counter was installed
In August 1969, the first gamma camera Pho-Gamma II (Nuclear Chicago, USA) was introduced. Greatly enhanced resolutions and an improvement from static to dynamic images were possible through use of this camera. With this gamma camera, dynamic imaging as well as high-resolution imaging got available.
On March 1, 1967, the first volume of the Korean Journal of Nuclear Medicine was issued as the official scholarly journal of the KSNM.
On December 28, 1961, forty-three people attended the inaugural meeting of the Korean Society of Nuclear Medicine (KSNM) which was held in the
SNUCM. Prof. Munho Lee was elected as the first president.
On May 30, 1960, the "Radioisotope Clinic (RI Clinic)" was opened in the Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) with the support from the Korean Office of Atomic Energy. Prof. Munho Lee was appointed the first Chief
of the RI Clinic, and began research and practice in the field of thyroidology and hematology.
In August 1959, Dr. Chang-Soon Koh, a first-year resident, measured radioiodine uptake in thyroid disease patients under supervision of Prof. Munho Lee. This was the first clinical application of radioisotopes in Korea. Dr. Koh was able to use a well-type gamma counter that was installed in the Department of Physiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine (SNUCM), with the help of Dr. Sang Don Rhee, a lecturer in the Department of Physiology.