How can CERN improve healthcare?

The technologies and scientific advances behind high-energy physics - through developments in accelerators, detectors and computing - have historically contributed to healthcare.

CERN contributes to medical innovation through its cutting-edge technologies, competences and know-how: these are being used in areas related to medical diagnostics and imaging, therapy, dosimetry, as well as digital technologies for health applications.

Browse our recent news or ways to get involved.

CERN’s Next Ion Medical Machine Study and new European projects are building on existing hadron-therapy research to treat cancer
Learn more about FLASH, an innovative electron radiotherapy technology
From physics simulation tools to biomedical applications
This unique facility produces unconventional radioisotopes with the right properties to enhance the precision of both patient imaging and treatment
A family of pixel detector read-out chips for particle imaging and detection developed by the Medipix Collaborations with multiple medical applications
Discover the CERN-wide organisational framework for healthcare.

Healthcare related news 

Spectroscopic X-ray imaging now certified for medical use

The CERN Workshops on Medical Applications of Spectroscopic X-ray Detectors have been instrumental in advancing spectroscopic X-ray imaging and bringing it from the lab to the clinic

13 August, 2022

CERN tech nominated for innovation award at 2022 Geneva Health Forum

At the 2022 Geneva Health Forum, CERN showcased how technologies and innovation behind high-energy physics can contribute to innovations within medical applications

Knowledge sharing
05 May, 2022

CERN and CNAO, a long-standing collaboration in the fight against cancer

On November 24, the CNAO (Centro Nazionale di Adroterapia Oncologica) hadrontherapy centre in Pavia, Italy, will organise a special event to celebrate twenty years of CNAO.

Knowledge sharing
22 November, 2021
Knowledge sharing
22 November, 2021

Upcoming events related to Healthcare

4 Oct/22
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ENDS: 07 October, 2022