Siemens has announced that it has secured a €28m contract to equip eight Korean hospitals with medical systems, in what it claims is one of the biggest orders of its kind in the medical industry worldwide.

The company will equip the radiology, nuclear medicine, oncology, cardiology and emergency departments of the eight hospitals that make up the Catholic Medical Center in Seoul. It will also maintain and monitor the equipment.

One of the hospitals involved, St Mary’s Hospital, is still under construction. Once it is complete, it will be Korea’s biggest hospital and the Catholic Medical Center will become a 2,000 bed research and education centre. Its director, the Reverend Matthias YoungSik Choi, said the deal with Siemens would help it to achieve its ambition to “join in the top league worldwide.”

The systems that Siemens will be supplying include magnetic resonance and tomography scanners, angiograph, x-ray, fluoroscopy and ultrasound machines, and equipment for nuclear medicine, mammography and radiation therapy.