The technologies and scientific advances behind high-energy physics - through developments in accelerators, detectors and computing - have historically contributed to the field of medical and biomedical technologies.

Our Activities in Medical and Biomedical Technologies

Recent News items related to our Medtech activities

CERN working with WHO to improve understanding of COVID-19 airborne transmission risk in indoor spaces

As the response to the pandemic evolves and people step back into the office, it is necessary to monitor continuously the risk of disease transmission and be prepared to make quick, evidence-based decisions to ensure that everyone can work safely.

Knowledge sharing
13 October, 2021
Knowledge sharing
13 October, 2021

CERN’s impact on medical technology

Frontier instruments like the LHC and its detectors not only push back the boundaries of our knowledge, but also catalyse innovative technology for medical applications, writes Manuela Cirilli.

Knowledge sharing
25 June, 2021
Knowledge sharing
25 June, 2021

First European hospital receives 3D colour X-ray scanner using CERN technology

MARS Bioimaging's 3D colour X-ray scanner has arrived in Europe to undertake clinical trials that will lead to its medical use.

Knowledge sharing
22 June, 2021
Knowledge sharing
22 June, 2021

CERN know-how and technologies with potential or existing medical and biomedical applications

CERN Control and Monitoring Framewo...

Fast front-end readout electronics ...



Medical Imaging

Nuclear Medicine


Success stories of CERN-related medical and biomedical applications

During 2016, the construction of the 750 MHz Radio-Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) was successfully completed.
In September 2020, CERN and the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) announced their collaboration on an innovative facility that will use CLIC (Compact Linear Collider) accelerator technology.
CERN patented Gas Electron Multiplier updated for use in hadron therapy and radiotherapy.

Recent Press coverage of CERN medtech activities

Using BioDynaMo to Study Virus Spread in Closed Environments | BioDynamo

(English / Switzerland) Viral contamination between individuals is enlarged in closed environments...

PRISMAP - Substantial change to the European landscape for novel and emerging medical radionuclides | PRISMAP

(English) Nuclear therapy and molecular imaging are widely used at hospitals for new promising...

CERN and Life Sciences in Western Switzerland and worldwide | BioAlps

(Switzerland / English) BioAlps, the Regional Innovation System of Western Switzerland, features...