The scientific work of the research group is focused onto the improvement of the precision of radiotherapeutic treatments both with conventional as well as with new (i. e. proton and light ion) beams. The activities comprise:
- Motion compensation techniques for radiation therapy: This includes on the onehand CT and PET-CT morphological and physiological imaging, respectively, for the purposes of radiotherapy treatment, i. e. for planning as well as for following up tumour irradiations. On the other hand, this comprises the installation of image guided and gating procedures at medical electron linear accelerators.
- In-vivo treatment monitoring and dosimetry for radiation therapy with beams of photons, protons and light ions: This research topic is directed to the investigation of radiation detectors, signal processing techniques and data acquisition algorithmsas well as data evaluation procedures for in-vivo treatment monitoring and dosimetry. The first successful clinical implementation of such techniques worldwidehas been set up at the carbon ion treatment facility of the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung Darmstadt in close collaboration with the University Hospital and the German Cancer Research Centre Heidelberg.