Ion beam therapy is a form of radiation therapy used to treat cancer. Protons or carbon ions are used – both are charged, massive particles.
Wood and light create a cozy atmosphere.
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Our irradiation rooms are equipped with a robot-controlled couch.
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Light-flooded waiting areas.
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Imaging for therapy planning using CT and MR is done in-house.
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Technology behind the scenes: The heart of the particle accelerator.
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MedAustron, our therapy and research center is located in Wiener Neustadt, Lower Austria, about 50 kilometers south of Vienna.
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Frequently asked questions
About ion beam therapy
Protons are obtained from hydrogen gas H2, carbon ions from carbon dioxide CO2. The physical properties of protons and carbon ions are similar, but carbon ions have a much higher, so-called “biological effectiveness”.
Compared to conventional radiotherapy with photons, particle therapy is able to reduce the radiation exposure of the adjacent healthy tissue and almost completely spare the tissue behind the tumour. Therefore, particle therapy is an ideal treatment for localized tumours in the vicinity of radiosensitive organs. Since strongly growing tissue reacts more sensitively to radiation, proton therapy is particularly suitable for cancer in children and adolescents.