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Cutting-edge technology

at the Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center (HIT)

HIT building

Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center

Behind the glass facade of the HIT are offices and meeting rooms.

HIT synchroton

The synchroton

Increasing the velocity of the ions

The synchrotron in a strongly distorted image (fisheye lens). In the synchrotron's orbit, the velocity of the ions is increased up to 75 percent of the speed of light during approximately one million revolutions.

HIT: Synchroton

The synchroton

After the synchrotron, the beam guidance is divided in the direction of the three treatment stations. The HIT has two horizontal treatment stations and one gantry treatment station. In addition, there is an irradiation station specially designed for basic research.

Gantry next to person

The Gantry

Rotating around the patient

The gantry - a huge beam guide system that rotates around its axis and can be used to irradiate the patient from all sides.

Ions source

Irradiation with protons and heavy ions

One of three sources

One of three sources: This is where beams of positively charged atoms - ions - are generated. Protons and heavy ions are used in the HIT.

Irradiation area gantry

Irradiation area


The irradiation area in the Gantry.

HIT Gantry

The Gantry

A 600 tons steel contruction

The "actual" gantry is located in front of the gantry irradiation station - a huge beam guide that can be rotated around its axis and with which the patient can be irradiated from all sides.

Irradiation research

Irradiation Research

An irradiation area specially designed for basic research.

Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center

Irradiation facilities HIT

The irradiation facilities and accelerators are hidden under thick walls and covered by a seven-metre-high mound of earth.

Heidelberg Ion Beam Therapy Center