1st Edition

Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics
Theory and Practice

ISBN 9780750308601
Published June 12, 2007 by CRC Press
1450 Pages 539 B/W Illustrations

USD $425.00

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Book Description

From background physics and biological models to the latest imaging and treatment modalities, the Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics: Theory and Practice covers all theoretical and practical aspects of radiotherapy physics.

In this comprehensive reference, each part focuses on a major area of radiotherapy, beginning with an introduction by the editors and then subdividing into self-contained chapters. The first three parts present the fundamentals of the underlying physics, radiobiology, and technology involved. The ensuing sections discuss the support requirements of external beam radiotherapy, such as dose measurements, properties of clinical beams, patient dose computation, treatment planning, and quality assurance, followed by a part that explores exciting new advances that include developments in photon and particle therapy. Subsequent sections examine brachytherapy using sealed and unsealed sources and provide the framework of radiation protection, including an appendix that describes the detailed application of UK legislation. The final part contains handy tables of both physical constants and attenuation data.

To achieve safe and effective radiotherapy, there needs to be a close understanding among various disciplines. With contributions from renowned specialists, the Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics: Theory and Practice provides essential theoretical and practical knowledge for medical physicists, researchers, radiation oncologists, and radiation technologists.

Table of Contents


Structure of Matter
Interaction of Charged Particles with Matter
Interactions of Photons with Matter
The Monte Carlo Simulation of Radiation Transport
Principles and Basic Concepts in Radiation Dosimetry

Radiobiology of Tumors
Radiobiology of Normal Tissues
Dose Fractionation in Radiotherapy

Kilovoltage X-Ray Units
Linear Accelerators
Cobalt Machines
Portal Imaging Devices

Ionisation Chambers
Radiothermoluminescent Dosimeters and Diodes
Radiation Sensitive Films and Gels
Absolute Dose Determination under Reference Conditions
Relative Dose Measurements and Commissioning

From Measurements to Calculations
Kilovoltage X-Rays
Megavoltage Photon Beams
Manual Dose Calculations in Photon Beams
Electron Beams

Principles of Patient Dose Computation
Patient Dose Computation for Photon Beams
Patient Dose Computation for Electron Beams
Monte-Carlo Based Patient Dose Computation

Target Definition
Patient Data Acquisition
Magnetic Resonance (MR) Imaging in Treatment Planning
Beam Definition - Virtual Simulation
Photon-Beam Treatment Planning Techniques
Electron-Beam Treatment Planning Techniques
Dose Evaluation of Treatment Plans
Biological Evaluation of Treatment Plans

Rationale and Management of the Quality System
Quality Control of Megavoltage Equipment
Quality Assurance of the Treatment Planning Process
Quality Control of Treatment Delivery
Recording and Verification - Networking
Data Communication with DICOM

Conformal and Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy
Intensity-Modulation Therapy: Practical Aspects
Stereotactic Techniques
Proton Beams in Radiotherapy
Total Body Irradiation (TBI)
Total Skin Electron Irradiation
High LET Modalities

Clinical Introduction to Brachytherapy
Calibration and Quality Assurance of Brachytherapy Sources
Afterloading Equipment for Brachytherapy
Dose Calculation for Brachytherapy Sources
Brachytherapy Treatment Planning
Radiobiology of Brachytherapy

Dosimetry of Unsealed Sources
Radionuclide Selection for Unsealed Source Therapy
Radiopharmaceutical Targeting for Unsealed Source Therapy

Theoretical Background to Radiation Protection
Radiation Protection Regulation
Practical Radiation Protection in Radiotherapy
Radiation Protection Regulation in the United Kingdom

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"… Due to the broad range of topics covered and the clear, concise explanations, this text would be ideal for anyone wishing to study or refresh their knowledge of any central area of radiotherapy physics. IPEM Part 1 trainees in the UK (and any other trainee following a similar training programme elsewhere) in particular should take note … . Part 2 trainees will also benefit, especially in exploring the excellent source of referenced material. In comparison to other reference texts, the Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics is clear and also filled with many knowledgeable and useful observations and notes. … It is an excellent reference text and sits nicely on the shelf alongside your old copy of Williams and Thwaites."
SCOPE, December 2009

"… comprehensive reference … With contributions from renowned specialists, this book provides essential theoretical and practical knowledge to deliver safe and effective radiotherapy."
Anticancer Research, 2009, Vol. 29

"The editors have managed with great success to assemble the information submitted by the contributing authors and put it in a format that is concise, easy to read, and rich in content … it can serve as an excellent reference manual and resource."
—Niko Papanikolaou, University of Texas Health Sciences Center, Medical Physics, September 2008, Vol. 35, No. 9