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

Making hardware design open and free

Meet Javier Serrano, head of the Hardware and Timing Section, Beam Controls Group (BE-CO), in this issue of our Knowledge Transfer spotlight series

From cryogenics to combatting COVID

Meet Andre Henriques, Technical Coordinator for the CERN Safety Rules in the Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental Protection unit (HSE), in this issue of our Knowledge Transfer spotlight series

Flashes of electrons against cancer

Meet Steinar Stapnes, Compact Linear Collider (CLIC) project leader, in the first of our Knowledge Transfer spotlight series

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

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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.
CERN patented Gas Electron Multiplier updated for use in hadron therapy and radiotherapy.
A new Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor, originally developed to upgrade the ALICE inner tracking system during the second long shutdown of LHC, is on its way to Bergen University for a very different application – Proton Computed Tomography (Proton CT).

Recent Press coverage of CERN medtech activities

Cost-effective proton therapy | Healthcare in London: Third Edition

(United Kingdom / English) Current proton therapy systems, where protons are accelerated in a...

3-D colour X-ray will revolutionise medical treatment | stuff.co.nz

(New Zealand / English) Phil and Anthony Butler, father and son and both former CERNies, have...

Physics drives ongoing developments in proton therapy |Physics World

(English) The ProBE (Proton Boosting Extension for imaging and therapy) linac – a joint project...