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:
GSI is in charge of the
For more info on the dedicated clinical ion facility now under construction click here
Last update: January 29th 2003, M.Kraemer@gsi.de, Design: Marcus Winter, M.Winter@gsi.de