A veteran of accelerator technology is currently with us for initial service work after 15 years and approx. 100,000 hours of continuous operation in clinical use for the treatment of tumour diseases with heavy ion beams. More precisely, it is a radiofrequency quadrupole structure (RFQ) for the pre-acceleration of light elements up to carbon. This component is the prelude to a series of further accelerator stages before the ion beam finally leaves the vacuum area and, after a short drift through the atmosphere, enters the body of a patient to unfold its destructive effect with pinpoint accuracy in the tumorous tissue area. The cooling circuit has now been overhauled by means of a minimally invasive procedure. We wish our therapist many more successful hours of operation. – stay cool!
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