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Primer on Radiation Oncology Physics
Video Tutorials with Textbook and Problems

ISBN 9781138594388
Published May 20, 2020 by CRC Press
374 Pages 282 Color & 26 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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)

Table of Contents

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


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

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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, in Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, March 2021, 22(3):288–289