Dr Thomas Schreiner (MedAustron)
MedAustron is a synchrotron based light-ion beam therapy centre for cancer treatment as well as for clinical and non-clinical research, currently in the construction phase. The accelerator design is based on the CERN-PIMMS study and its technical implementation by the Italian CNAO Foundation. Whilst the choice of basic machine parameters was driven by medical requirements, the accelerator complex design was also optimized to offer flexibility for research operation. The potential of the synchrotron is being exploited to increase the maximum proton energy far beyond the medical needs to up to 800 MeV, for experimental physics applications, mainly in the areas of proton scattering and detector research. The accelerator layout allows for the installation of up to four ion source – spectrometer units, to provide various ion types. To decouple research and medical operation, a dedicated irradiation room for non-clinical research was included . This presentation provides a status overview over the whole project detailing the achieved progress of the building construction and technical infrastructure installation in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, as well as of the accelerator development, performed at CERN.