This talk will mainly focus on superconducting cyclotrons from a medical device manufacturer's perspective. First, a short rationale of and an introduction to particle therapy are given. The major requirements for a particle therapy accelerator will be deduced from the treatment process. Based on that a comparison of various accelerator types for the use in an industrial medical device is made.
In the second part, a short history of superconducting cyclotrons up to the current status will be presented, concluding with an outlook on future superconducting cyclotrons.