This new book educates readers about new technologies before they appear in hospitals, enabling medical physicists and clinicians to prepare for new technologies thoroughly and proactively, and provide better patient care once new equipment becomes available. Emerging technologies in imaging, treatment planning, treatment delivery, dosimetry and informatics are all discussed. The book is divided into three parts: recently developed technologies available for practice; technologies under development nearing completion; and technologies in an early stage of development that could have potential radiotherapy applications.
"In this book on advanced and emerging technologies in radiation therapy physics, the focus is on technologies whose clinical feasibility had been demonstrated or technologies with high impact when finally realized. It addresses the growing utility of information technology in radiation oncology with two chapters on informatics. The main intention of the book is to update medical physicists on advanced and emerging technologies, with a secondary purpose of providing important information to both students and researchers that would help them find their research topics and directions. Radiation oncology is a constantly changing field and updates are required for clinical practitioners (physicists and oncologists) in the field. This book has successfully summarized recent developments in most aspects of radiation therapy from simulation to treatment delivery.
It is written primarily for medical physicists, particularly research medical physicists who need to be at the forefront of technological development. It will also be an important learning resource for radiation oncologists, residents in radiation oncology, and graduate students and residents in medical physics. Every radiation oncology department should have a copy of this book. The authors are well recognized research and clinical physicists with significant peer-reviewed publications and the contributors are renowned medical physicists…Most physicists would find important material in this useful and timely book. For example, the importance of safety in radiation therapy is addressed in a chapter discussing failure modes and effect analysis (FMEA) checklists and root cause analysis…In all, this is a well written book and I recommend, with no hesitation, that all medical physics departments get a copy for the most current developments in radiation oncology medical physics."
—Christopher F Njeh, BSc, MSc, PhD, FAAPM, Franciscan Health, USA
Chapter 1: Recent Advances in Computed Tomography
Chapter 2: Advances in Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Radiation Oncology
Chapter 3: Biological Imaging and Radiobiological Modeling for Treatment Planning and Response Assessment in Radiation Therapy
Chapter 4: Multimodality Imaging for Planning and Assessment in Radiation Therapy
Chapter 5: Advances in Computing Infrastructure
Chapter 6: Advances in Inverse Planning Algorithm and Strategy
Chapter 7: Advances in Patient Setup and Target Localization
Chapter 8: Progress in Magnetic Resonance-guided Radiotherapy (MR-gRT) Unit Developments
Chapter 9: Advances in Charged Particle Therapy Machines
Chapter 10: Nonconventional Therapy
Chapter 11: New Dosimetry Materials, Devices, and Systems
Chapter 12: Safety Aspects, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis, and Safety Enhancement Technologies
Chapter 13: Informatics as a Pathway for Integrating Radiation Oncology into Modern Medicine
Chapter 14: Big Data Applications in Radiation Oncology