General Medical Applications

CERN’s Know-How

  • CERN develops cutting-edge technologies in a wide range of domains and has significant experience in applying this know-how to medical applications.
  • Design and characterization of high spatial resolution, fast timing detectors, uses in hadron therapy and medical imaging.
  • Decades of experience in simulation, design, construction and operation of accelerators. Bespoke hardware and software for acceleration, diagnostics, beam control and monitoring.
  • Significant experience in ML, data storage and analysis. Early adopters of neural network techniques and cloud-based data analysis. Expertise in simulations of particle transport and interactions with matter.
  • CERN has applied its core expertise to push the boundaries of hadron therapy, contributing to the design and construction of two out of the four dual ion centres in Europe.
  • On-site production of isotopes, with a unique capability to produce unconventional medical radioisotopes.
  • Over 50 years of experience in development of PET technologies.
  • Hybrid pixel detector technology was developed for particle tracking at CERN and has enabled high resolution, color X-ray CT imaging.
  • Particle physicists were among the first to use machine learning and CERN has significant expertise in big data storage, processing and analytics.

Facts & Figures

  • 1977: First PET image taken at CERN.
  • 1980’s: Start of medical accelerator development at CERN.
  • 2002: CERN starts using grid computing for medical applications.
  • 2018: First 3D colour X-ray image of the living human body taken by MARS Bioimaging, using Medipix technology.

Value Proposition

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