CERN’s core mission is basic research in particle physics. The “tools of the trade” of particle physics - accelerators,
detectors, computing - find applications in a variety of fields and can have a societal impact beyond their initial scope.
Innovative ideas and technologies from physics have contributed to great advances in the medical field since the advent of
radiation-based medical diagnosis and treatment following the discovery of X-rays and radioactivity. Nowadays, state-of-the-
art techniques derived from particle accelerators, detectors and computing are routinely used in clinical practice and
medical research centres: from technology for PET scanners and dedicated accelerators for cancer therapy, to simulation
and data analysis tools.
In this context, projects, technologies, collaborations and successful cases of transfer from particle physics to healthcare
will be presented and discussed, with a focus on initiatives connected to CERN