Carbon Ion Radiotherapy @ GSI
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Carbon Ion Radiotherapy @


At GSI an experimental therapy unit for heavy ion cancer treatment has been constructed in collaboration with the

German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) Forschungszentrum Rossendorf Radiological University Hospital (Heidelberg)

Beams of fast ions like carbon represent the most advanced tool for radiotherapy of deep seated tumors. They combine an excellent physical depth-dose profile (Bragg curve) with an increased relative biological efficiency (RBE) in the target volume. The rasterscan device developed at GSI allows to deliver the dose in arbitrarily shaped target volumes with reduced damage in the healthy tissue. Computerized treatment planning includes physical and radiobiological data obtained at GSI. The positron emission tomography (PET) allows an in vivo dose verification.

Tumours eligible for carbon ion radiotherapy so far are:

Tumours which are not eligible right now are:

GSI is in charge of the

For medical questions and/or patient recruitment please contact our medical partners:


  • 1997: First patients

  • Status report Q2 1999

  • Status report Q4 1999

  • Status report Q4 2001

  • Status report Q4 2002 (5th anniversary!)

  • Future developments

    For more info on the dedicated clinical ion facility now under construction click here

    Therapy related publications


    Last update: January 29th 2003,, Design: Marcus Winter,