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RINECKER PROTON THERAPY CENTER
Franz-von-Rinecker Straße (main entrance)

Schäftlarnstraße 133 (postal address)

81371 München

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About us

The RINECKER PROTON THERAPY CENTER

The RPTC, located in Munich, is the first fully certified European proton radiation center which provides a complete hospital setting for the treatment of cancer tumors.

Our innovative therapeutic procedure involves the use of high-energy proton beams for the treatment of cancer. A key characteristic of these proton beams is that protons facilitate the three-dimensional targeting of tumours; this capability is not available with the x-rays used in conventional radiation therapy. Therefore, highly effective dosages can be delivered to the tumour while the side effects of radiation are reduced by minimizing any trauma to the surrounding healthy tissue.

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Preliminary examinations

Preliminary examinations

Staging

If a positive decision has been reached on the issue of proton radiation, the next step is staging. Your entire body will be examined for signs of tumors and metastases. A proposal on the correct strategy can only be made on the basis of this investigation--for example, simultaneous irradiation of several targets or a combination therapy--along with a realistic assessment of the prospects for success. The staging examination is completely painless. Your entire body may be subjected to a CT scan in conjunction with a PET (positron emission tomography) scan. Under certain circumstances, a contrast medium will be injected to enhance the quality of the image.
 
An MRI scan is always the option of choice, because it does not subject the body to radiation. The PET-CT scan, on the other hand, requires an injection of radioactive material with a short half-life. Therefore, it is only used where appropriate.
 
The image material from the staging examination includes cross-sections of the body at intervals of 5 millimeters, or approximately 360 images. The large number of images allows the diagnostic radiology team to play the images in rapid succession like a film. The technician and physician are very adept at identifying abnormal findings from this "journey through the human body" with remarkable precision.

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