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2005 KOICA Nuclear Medicine Internship Programme






KOICA Nuclear Medicine Intership
Medical Applications and Utilization of Cyclotron and RIs
▣ Duration: August 25 ~ September 13, 2005
▣ Venue: Seoul, Korea
▣ Number of Participants: 14 persons from 8 countries
▣ Training Institute: Korea Institute of Radiological
& Medical Sciences (KIRAMS)

Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)
Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS)








Name: Medical Applications and Utilization of Cyclotron and RIs
▣ Duration: August 25 ~ September 13, 2005
▣ Venue: Seoul, Korea
▣ Number of Participants: 14 persons from 8 countries
▣ Training Institute: Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS)
▣ Qualifications for Applicants
Participants should:
- be nuclear medicine physicians with minimum 3 years’ clinical research experience
- have sufficient command of both spoken and written English
- not have ever participated in KOICA’s training program before


Early detection of diseases is very important not only for early treatment but also reduction of social medical costs. Nuclear medicine is making astonishing progress with the development of imaging technologies in recent decades. PET (Positron Emission Tomography) has already emerged as a very important diagnostic tool for staging disease, evaluating the effect of treatments, and long-term follow-up of cancer patients in many countries. It enables very early detection of the recurrence that can lead the patients to effective treatment. There is no doubt that PET utilization will be one of the major axes for the future development of nuclear medicine. Furthermore, with elucidation of the molecular mechanisms of diseases, the molecular imaging using PET instruments will play an important role for diagnosis and treatment of various diseases including malignant diseases.
Though clinical PET practice is far from the daily clinical use because of the lack of experts, equipments, and budget in many developing countries, however, it is expected that PET will be more widely introduced into RCA Member States in the near future.
This course is designed to provide medical doctors with chances to gain a general overview on the recent development of nuclear medicine and medical applications of radioisotopes including clinical PET and SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) utilization and RI therapy.


A. Objectives
This course is designed to enable the participants
- to understand the PET, brain SPECT and relevant clinical imaging technologies, and practice in nuclear medicine.
- to learn radioisotope production and cyclotron technologies
- to enhance scientific activities and to encourage research collaboration in the field of nuclear medicine, particularly PET technology.
B. Course Contents
1. Radioisotope production and application of cyclotron technology
a. Nuclear Reactor
b. Accelerator RI Production
2. Radiopharmaceutical and cyclotron radiochemistry
a. PET radiopharmaceutical (overview, chemistry)
b. PET autosynthesis equipment (FDG, FET, FLT, MET, FBPA)
d. Compounding, RDRC, regulation
e. Cyclotron performance : comparison local with import
f. Tour of KIRAMS cyclotron facility
3. Principle of PET technology
a. PET imaging system : Data analysis, reconstruction, attenuation correction
b. Methodology, imaging protocol in KIRAMS, dynamic PET
c. Cost effectiveness of PET
d. RT planning using PET
e. Micro PET
4. Application of PET in clinical practice and practice with expert
a. PET in clinical oncology
b. PET in clinical research
c. Application of PET in neurology, cardiovascular system
5. Principles in molecular imaging
a. Angigenesis
b. Stem cell
c. Application in molecular imaging
6. Principles and practice in therapy using radioisotope
a. Current trend of radionuclide therapy: Thyroid cancer, I-131 MIBG, Re-188 lipiodol, Ho-166 Tx
b. Monoclonal Ab Tx in lymphoma
c. Intracoronary Radiation Tx using Re-188
7. Practice with experts in myocardial and brain SPECT
8. Related topics
a. Dosimetry(MIRD), neuroreceptice imaging emergency radiation medicine
C. Study Visit
● Seoul National University Medical Center
Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH) has served from the time modern medicine was first introduced to the nation in 1885. Educationally, it offers clinical education for college and graduate students of medicine, dentistry, nursing and pharmacy, and also provides training for practicing physicians and surgeons professional personnel and administrative staff. SNUH’s dual purpose and goal is to raise scholars able to meet national requirements as well as to create highly-trained individuals dedicated to the community.
Research has focused on the pathophysiology, diagnosis nad treatment of diseases, especially cancer and genetic diseases, in cooperation with various internationally prominent medical centers.
The hospital also emerges in collaborative researches with scholars of the basic sciences in the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy through the Clinical Research Institute and the Animal Experiment Laboratory.
As a tertiary hospital, SNUH provides the highest standards of patient care available; the specialists make use of the latest state-of-the-art medical technology to help the numerous patients referred to SNUH by primary and secondary hospitals throughout the country. The hospital has striven to provide a quicker, more organized approach to treatment through special clinics and the on-going construction of the Clinical Research Institute and Bundang Hospital.
SNUH is working toward the goal of a “disease-free society” and will continue its efforts to become a leading international hospital dedicated to the improvement of health both in Korea and throughout the world.
● Asan Medical Center
Asan Medical Center (AMC), the principal hospital for seven local hospitals located in rural areas, is a relatively young hospital that was inaugurated in June 23, 1989. At present, more than 1,000 doctors in thirty eight departments at the Asan Medical Center provide high quality medical services in their specialized fields. Several renowned clinical centers-Gastroenterology, Diseases Center, Neurosciences Center, Heart Center Vascular Center, Health Promotion Center(including Sports Medicine), Organ Transplantation Center, and Day Surgery conduct exclusive health care services to those who need such care. In addition, over 40 outpatient clinics offer the best medical services to patients in every specialty area.
Recognizing the importance of research, the Asan Institute for Life Sciences, an affiliated research institution of Asan Medical Center, conducts research in numerous areas, AMC performs a leading role in medical and health education by introducing pre-internship for medical students and nurses.
The newly introduced hospital re-engineering system for clinical activities and for general management since August 1981 enables to strengthen the existing patient-oriented hospital system to be more effective.
AMC’s effort to create a new patient-oriented hospital was also rewarded when AMC received the first prize for Corporate Culture from the government in 1995. This was the first time the prize was awarded to the Korean medical institution. The Customer Satisfaction Award in the hospital section in 1998, and the Grand Prize for the Customer Satisfaction Award the following year proved the excellence as well as the dedication of the hospital management.
Asan Medical Center’s 4,800 employees are dedicated to another goal: to create a world-renowned hospital where a new and fresh hospital culture is created and total dedication to patient-care is practiced.
D. Discussion and Presentation
1. Nuclear medicine Issue Discussion
2. Presentation of Country Reports by the Participants
3. Pre and Post Evaluation


This training course requires all the participants to prepare a “Nuclear Medicine Country Report”, which will be presented at Country Report Session. Each participant is recommended to make a 20~25 minute presentation on Nuclear Medicine issues of his/her country. For more effective presentations, useful learning instruments such as a beam projector, a overhead projector, and multimedia TV will be equipped for participants. The PowerPoint type’s presentation is preferred. The format of Country Report should be either of PowerPoint or MS-Word, written in English, and be submitted to the Training Coordinator on the first day at the KOICA International Cooperation Training Center. The trainees from the same country are recommended to work together in presenting Country Report. The report should be a computer printout or typewritten on A4 sized paper. It would be much appreciated if the report is available on a floppy diskette or a compact disk. The participants should prepare OHP films or additional materials beforehand.
The participants are encouraged to load the following issues on their Country Reports:
A. Self-Introduction
1. Brief introduction to your organization
2. Position and duties in your organization
3. Expected outcomes of this training course
B. Information regarding the project that you took/take part in
1. Introduction to the project
2. Target of the development
3. Major feature/achievement
C. Information on Nuclear Medicine Technology Management
1. Country’s policy on Nuclear Medicine
- Industrial policy, major government-supported programs, and long-term development plan, related administrative bodies and their functions
2. Development stage of Nuclear Medicine field
3. Urgent problems to be solved and important Nuclear Medicine projects in your country
4. Possibility of Nuclear Medicine cooperation in Nuclear Medicine with Korea
5. Foreign investment environment


A. Orientation Programs
1. KOICA Orientation
To provide participants with better understanding of Korea and the way of life, KOICA conducts a general orientation at ICTC(International Cooperation Training Center) for 2 days prior to the actual training program at KIRAMS.
2. KIRAMS Orientation
KIRAMS will conduct an orientation on the course at the beginning of the training program. It includes:
a. Opening Ceremony
b. Introduction to KIRAMS
c. Registration
B. Social & Cultural Program
1. Home-Visiting
During the course, each participant will have a chance to visit a Korean home and spend several hours with the family as well as have dinner together.
2. City Tour of Seoul
Participants will be invited to a city tour of Seoul, which is both the capital and the heart of the Republic of Korea. Seoul is the financial, political, commercial, recreational, educational and cultural center of Korea. During this whole day trip, participants will visit major attractions of Seoul such as ancient palaces and traditional markets.
3. Field Trip and Cultural Experiences
Participants will be given opportunities to look around the well known industrial complexes as well as historic places with ancient remains in Korea as follows: Samsung Electronics Co., LG Information & Communications Co., POSCO, Hyundai Motors Co., and Gyeongju Historic areas.


A. Training Institute
The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) was established in April 1991 under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as a government agency. KOICA implements a variety of programs, including training programs, dispatch of volunteers, experts and medical doctors, project-type cooperation, provision of equipment, and development study.
Through these programs, KOICA strives to share lessons and experience learned in the process of economic development that can be referred by developing countries and to promote friendly and cooperative relations with developing partners.
KOICA will continue to support developing countries under the principles of the MOFAT and contribute to the promotion of world peace and prosperity under the motto “Cooperation for a Better World.”
Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences (KIRAMS) is a government-affiliated, medical and radiological sciences complex. The institute takes its leading roles in performing cancer treatment and research on medical application of radiation.
Specialized in cancer treatment, since 1963, KIRAMS has annually served 5 to 10 % of cancer patients in the nation. KIRAMS is equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as PETs and Cyclotrons. In 2002, KIRAMS successfully developed 13-MeV cyclotron by its own technology. In order to exchange significant knowledge for improving quality of human health, KIRAMS is strengthening network with relevant organizations all over the world.
B. Others
1. Regulation
Participants should:
a. follow the training program to the best of their ability and abide by rules of the university, college, or institution in which participants undertake training,
b. refrain from engaging in political activities, or any form of
employment for profit or gain,
c. return to their home country upon completion of the training program and resume work in their county,
d. not extend the length of the training program or their stay for personal convenience,
e. not bring any family members(dependents) to Korea or to the country of training,
f. accept that the Korean government is not liable for any damage or losses of their personal property,
g. accept that the Korean government will not assume any responsibility for illness, injury or death arising from extracurricular activities, willful misconduct of undisclosed pre-existing medical condition,
h. carry out such instructions and abide by such conditions as may be stipulated by the Korean government in respect to the training program.
2. Expenses
Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will bear the expenses related to the implementation of the course, incurred during the training in accordance with relevant laws and regulations.

The expenses include:
a. A normal economy class round-trip air ticket between Seoul and international airport designated by KOICA
b. Room & board from arrival to departure from Korea
c. Daily allowance for incidental expenses
d. Medical insurance for participants to cover medical treatment during their stay in Korea (Costs related to pre-existing illness, pregnancy and dental treatment are not included.).
※ Note: Each participant is advised to maintain some pocket money of their own for incidental expenses that might be incurred during his or her trip to Korea, prior to receiving their allowance.
3. Language
The training course will be conducted entirely in English without any interpreters.
4. Certificate
The certificate of completion will be awarded to all the participants who successfully complete the course.


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