Multi-Ion Facility

 

Advantages of a multi-ion facility

Broader range of indications in cancer treatment

A synchrotron-based facility allows the use of different particles. Currently, particle therapy - an evolutionary form of radiation therapy - uses beams of high-energy protons or carbon ions to treat cancer. Unlike X-rays or electrons used in conventional radiation therapy, these particles deposit the maximum dose of radiation directly in the tumor. This effect allows radiation exposure to the healthy tissue around the tumor to be minimized, reducing side effects and long-term effects of radiation therapy.
Carbon ions also have a higher biological effectiveness and unleash even greater destructive power in tumor cells. They can be used, for example, to combat particularly difficult-to-treat tumors that do not respond to other types of radiation.

More scope in research

To fully exploit the facility‘s capabilities, the synchrotron-based particle accelerator can generate protons and carbon ions at a much higher energy than required for purely clinical applications in patient treatment. In addition, such a facility also offers flexibility in expansion to include other types of particles, for example to explore the effects of helium ions. A multi-ion facility provides the opportunity to contribute to the further development of particle therapy and to always stay on top of the latest evolutions.

 

The MedAustron multi-ion facility