2019 Volume 68 Issue 10 Pages 749-758
HIMAC, a therapeutic accelerator, has also been used for basic research, including various types of biological studies. Some of these studies, have attempted to expand the applications of heavy particle beams (ion beams) to other than cancer treatment; research on disease treatment other than cancer and breeding research can be cited. These projects, such as ion-beam breeding and non-invasive disease treatment other than cancer aim to enrich our lives by newly utilizing ion beams in new ways. In this review, we will introduce these studies and achievements that have been carried out at HIMAC, and discuss benefits that are expected to return to society owing to the results of these projects.