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German Trends and Innovations

March 20, 2008

Treatment with Ion-Beam Scalpel

You can’t even see a reddening of the skin. Nevertheless, ion beams are destroying a non-operable tumour with millimetre precision 30 centimetres inside the body. For ten years, researchers at the Society for Heavy Ion Research (GSI) in Darmstadt have been carrying out trials on cancer patients with the electrically charged atoms – and achieving excellent results. Shortly, the globally unique procedure will begin clinical application at the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Radiotherapy Center (HIT), where it is planned to treat more than 1,000 patients a year. The technique is especially well-suited for deep tumours in high risk organs, such as the brain. The ion beams release their energy in a pinhead-sized area without destroying healthy surrounding tissue.

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© Deutschland magazine/February/March 2008/Roland Knauer



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