The Medical Physics projects
The domain of medical physics is rapidly expanding in China, especially in particle therapy, encompassing both proton and ion radiotherapy installations.
- HIMM in Wuwei is China’s first heavy-ion medical machine with a cyclotron injector and a synchrotron built independently by the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP CAS) in Lanzhou, Gansu Province. IMP CAS is currently actively working on the second heavy-ion installation HIMM2 at Lanzhou (HIRFL) which will also provide intense ion beams for nuclear physics, atomic physics and applicative-research sciences. A third heavy-ion medical system, HIMM3, is being planned for the Putian location.
- The Shanghai Advanced Proton Therapy facility (SAPT) is located at the Ruijin Hospital and is now undergoing the treatment terminal integration and facility testing for the NMPA certification. It is expected to begin clinical treatment in 2021. The project is operated by the Shanghai APACTRON Particle Equipment Co., Ltd and SINAP.
- Hefei Ion Medical Center (HIMC) is conducting two PT projects, with one of them being developed by the HF CIM company. HF CIM is, in fact, a JV between the Institute of Plasma Physics (ASIPP) and the Hefei local government. The second project is the first fully operational proton-therapy centre in China, with an installed Varian cyclotron medical machine.
China in the fast lane
In its great leap forward in science, China is intensively planning a multitude of smaller initiatives and several large projects that we can describe as “going a step further” and are, arguably, grand in scale and ambition.
China, seemingly, just does it, Nike-style.