MedAustron is an Austrian cancer treatment center for proton and carbon therapy. For clinical use protons are accelerated up to 250 MeV, whereas carbon ions will be available up to 400 MeV/u. The facility also features a unique beam line exclusively for non-clinical research. This research beam line will be commissioned for even higher proton energies of up to 800 MeV.
In this contribution, development efforts towards an ion beam computed tomography system suitable for clinical use at MedAustron will be discussed, as well as general possibilities for performing beam tests at MedAustron.
Results from first test beams using silicon strip detectors in a tracking telescope as required in a proton computed tomography system will be presented. Additionally, findings from Geant4 simulations to optimize the set-up will be discussed along with first approaches to image reconstruction.