CERN-MEDICIS (Medical Isotopes Collected from ISOLDE) is a unique facility that will use proton beams from ISOLDE, CERN's nuclear physics facility (which is 50 years old this year) solely for the purpose of producing non-conventional radioisotopes for medical research. These will be shipped for use in hospitals and research centres in Switzerland and across Europe.
Radioisotopes are already widely used by the medical community, for imaging, diagnostics and radiation therapy. However many of the isotopes currently in use are not entirely suitable for the imaging process nor can they target tumours accurately enough. CERN-MEDICIS which entered the commissioning phase in September aims at producing weekly batches of a huge range of innovation isotopes that more accurately meet the needs of medical professionals. Full production will start in 2018.