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’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

CLEAR study paves the way for novel electron-based cancer therapy

The study, conducted at CERN’s CLEAR test facility, demonstrates how very high-energy electron beams can be focused onto deep-seated cancerous tumours

Knowledge sharing
10 June, 2021
Knowledge sharing
10 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 ...

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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

Terapet awarded CHF 1,5 million funds | Terapet

(Switzerland / English) Terapet together with their world class R&D partners (CERN, Karolinska...

International partnerships research global impact of COVID-19 | ukri.org

(United Kingdom / English) Many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in developing countries will be...

High radiation dose rates may improve cancer therapy | Physics Today online

( U.S.A / English ) The ill-understood effect is gaining momentum and opening new avenues of...