With a total value of EUR 100 million and a lead-time of 3 years, the construction of a Proton Therapy Centre in the University Hospital in Essen (North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany) represents the biggest medical project in German history.

For IBA, based in Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium), Convoi has installed a Cyclotron plus 3 connected isocentric, rotating “patient chambers” called gantries (diameter of 10 metres and a weight of 120 tonnes).

IBA delivers solutions with unrivalled precision in the field of cancer diagnostics and treatment. Proton therapy is the most advanced form of clinical treatment for cancer through radiation. There are all but a few of such systems in the world and the system at the University Hospital in Essen is the first such Proton Therapy Centre in Europe.

The heart of the system is the Cyclotron (particle accelerator) consisting of two sections, each weighing 120 tonnes.

Moreover, 26 containers were shipped by Convoi to Essen from Lier (B), plus a further 51 crates from the port of Voerde (D). Assembly of the system took around 23 weeks. This involved both general and precision assembly and the connection of all E-cabinets. In 2009, the first patients will be able to start benefiting from the new system.

Technical details

Installation of new Cyclotron medical system