Professor Dr Hong Joo Kim

Keynote Address

“Inorganic scintillators for medical imaging applications”

Various sensors play fundamental role in our lives.  Among them, scintillation sensors play important role for scientific and industrial fields.  Various scintillators are developed with the aim to fulfill the requirement of different applications, these applications includes radiation detection, medical imaging, homeland security, astrophysics, nuclear and high energy physics research, non-destructive testing, and oil exploration.  Now a day extensive research in the field of scintillation detectors is focused on the exploration of new materials which exhibit excellent scintillation properties. One of the important application of inorganic scintillator is medical imaging and overview of the state of the art in using radiation detectors for medical imaging, followed by an in depth discussion of all aspects of the use of scintillating materials for this application will be presented.    Three medical imaging applications that make extensive use of scintillators, x-ray CT (computed tomography), SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) and PET (positron emission tomography) will be discussed in detail.

Instrumentation; crystal scintillator; medical imaging; PET, CT, SPECT

Research Field Keywords

Instrumentation; Crystal scintillator; Luminescence, High energy physics, Astro-particle physics


  • Director, Institute for High Energy and Nano-Physics Research, Korea , 2016 – Now
  • Director, Institute of High Energy Physics, Korea, 2015 – Now
  • Professor, Kyungpook National Univ., Korea, 2004 – Now


  • Doctorate: High energy physics, Korea university, Korea, 1989
  • Master’s: High energy physics, Korea university, Korea, 1986
  • Bachelor’s: Physics, Korea university, Korea, 1984

Additional Information

  • Mar 2010 – Feb 2011 : Visiting Scholar, Institute for Physical Science and Technology of the University of Maryland.
  • Feb 2000 – Feb 2004 : Research Professor, Yonsei University.
  • Jun 1997 — Jan 2000 : Visiting Assistant Professor, Seoul National University.
  • Sep 1989 — May 1997 : Postdoctoral & Senior Researcher, Assistant Professor-Research,  Louisiana State University, USA.