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Primer on Radiation Oncology Physics Video Tutorials with Textbook and Problems

By Eric Ford Copyright 2020
    374 Pages 282 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    374 Pages 282 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    374 Pages 282 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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    Gain mastery over the fundamentals of radiation oncology physics! This package gives you over 60 tutorial videos (each 15-20 minutes in length) with a companion text, providing the most complete and effective introduction available. Dr. Ford has tested this approach in formal instruction for years with outstanding results. The text includes extensive problem sets for each chapter. The videos include embedded quizzes and "whiteboard" screen technology to facilitate comprehension. Together, this provides a valuable learning tool both for training purposes and as a refresher for those in practice.

    Key Features

    • A complete learning package for radiation oncology physics, including a full series of video tutorials with an associated textbook companion website

    • Clearly drawn, simple illustrations throughout the videos and text

    • Embedded quiz feature in the video tutorials for testing comprehension while viewing

    • Each chapter includes problem sets (solutions available to educators)

    Basic physics

    Nuclear Structure and Decay

    Mathematics of Nuclear Decay

    Brachytherapy I

    Photons interactions with matter

    Photon beams, dose and kerma

    Particle Interactions with Matter

    X-ray tubes & linear accelerators

    Medical Linear Accelerators

    Megavoltage photon beams

    Megavoltage photon beams: TMR and dose calculations

    Photon beam treatment planning I

    Photon Beam Treatment Planning: Part II

    IMRT and VMAT

    Megavoltage electron beams

    Radiation measurement: ionization chambers

    Other Radiation Measurement Devices

    Quality Assurance (QA)

    Radiographic Imaging

    Non-radiographic Imaging

    Image-Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) & Motion Management

    Stereotactic Treatments

    Total Body Irradiation (TBI) and Total Skin Electron Therapy (TSET)

    Particle Therapy

    Radiation protection

    Brachytherapy applications and radiopharmaceuticals

    Patient Safety and Quality Improvement


    Eric Ford, PhD, is Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is a board certified medical physicist and has taught radiation oncology residents for 15 years within the programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Washington. He is recipient of the Educator of the Year award in 2008, 2014, and 2016. In the past six years five residents have been recognized in the “Best of ASTRO” series. He has published over 125 research articles and delivered 24 invited lectures at national and international meetings in the last three years. He also serves in volunteer capacities in the leadership of AAPM and ASTRO and was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). He is a Fellow of the AAPM.

    "Primer on Radiation Oncology Physics by Eric Ford is an excellent textbook for diverse trainees in radiation oncology who take the first course in radiation therapy physics. It is also valuable to medical physics graduate students and residents as a refresher and review resource. The book is ideally suited for new teaching models with interactive videos and extensive problem sets, and it directly meets the educational needs of radiation oncology professionals with diverse backgrounds."

    Minsong Cao, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, in Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, March 2021, 22(3):288–289

    "Ford (Univ. of Washington School of Medicine) has developed a highly readable textbook that spans basic chemistry/physics to address the practical aspects of radiation therapy. Each of the 27 chapters is short, well organized, and can be read either in sequence or as stand-alone reference material. The important points in each chapter are easy to spot as key concepts are printed in bold. While many of the figures are hand drawn, they are clear, simple, and nicely complement the text. In addition to a wealth of practical information about topics such as dose measurements and quality assurance, this textbook also highlights some of the cutting-edge technologies that are currently entering the field. . . . each chapter features a series of problem sets of varying difficulty, making this a useful resource for both graduate students and residents in medical physics. Also noteworthy is the publisher's supporting website where 60 interactive videos provide useful tutorials, each narrated by Ford and including comprehension quizzes, correlated to the chapters of the volume. Physics is a notoriously difficult topic to teach to an audience of students arriving with different backgrounds. The particular strength of this textbook is its accessibility to nonexperts."

    L. S. Cahill, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, in CHOICE August 2021 Vol. 58 No. 12