Swiss Lab Advanced Proton Therapy into German Hospital

Switzerland 's Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) announced that it will transfer its proton radiation technology out of the laboratory and into European hospitals in the near future. PSI's new compact cyclotron accelerator is being installed at a private clinic in Munich , Germany. It is expected to start treating patients with proton therapy in March, 2005. Other countries, including Britain , France and Italy have also expressed interest in developing hospital-based proton facilities. This is a big step for proton therapy and the treatment of certain types of cancerous tumors for patients in Europe. PSI has successfully used proton therapy to treat some 166 patients since 1996 for head and neck, eye, and prostate tumors. The clinical proton facility in Munich ( will have four gantries and is designed to treat about 3,000 patients a year. A second proton clinic is expected to start treating patients in Cologne in 2006.


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