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Radiation Therapy Dosimetry
A Practical Handbook

Edited By

Arash Darafsheh

ISBN 9781138543973
Published March 9, 2021 by CRC Press
504 Pages 45 Color & 132 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive book covers the everyday use and underlying principles of radiation dosimeters used in radiation oncology clinics. It provides an up-to-date reference spanning the full range of current modalities with emphasis on practical know-how. The main audience is medical physicists, radiation oncology physics residents, and medical physics graduate students. The reader gains the necessary tools for determining which detector is best for a given application. Dosimetry of cutting edge techniques from radiosurgery to MRI-guided systems to small fields and proton therapy are all addressed. Main topics include fundamentals of radiation dosimeters, brachytherapy and external beam radiation therapy dosimetry, and dosimetry of imaging modalities. Comprised of 30 chapters authored by leading experts in the medical physics community, the book:

  • Covers the basic principles and practical use of radiation dosimeters in radiation oncology clinics across the full range of current modalities.
  • Focuses on providing practical guidance for those using these detectors in the clinic.
  • Explains which detector is more suitable for a particular application.
  • Discusses the state of the art in radiotherapy approaches, from radiosurgery and MR-guided systems to advanced range verification techniques in proton therapy.
  • Gives critical comparisons of dosimeters for photon, electron, and proton therapies.

Table of Contents

Part I Radiation Dosimeters and Dosimetry Techniques

Chapter 1 ◾ Fundamentals of Radiation Physics and Dosimetry

Blake R. Smith and Larry A. DeWerd

Chapter 2 ◾ Ionization Chamber Instrumentation

Larry A. DeWerd and Blake R. Smith

Chapter 3 ◾ Calorimetry

Larry A. DeWerd and Blake R. Smith

Chapter 4 ◾ Semiconductor Dosimeters

Giordano Biasi, Nicholas Hardcastle and Anatoly B. Rosenfeld

Chapter 5 ◾ Film Dosimetry

Sina Mossahebi , Nazanin Hoshyar, Rao Khan and Arash Darafsheh

Chapter 6 ◾ Thermoluminescence Dosimetry

Tomas Kron and Peta Lonski

Chapter 7 ◾ Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dosimeters in Clinical Practice

Stephen F. Kry and Jennifer O’Daniel

Chapter 8 ◾ EPID-Based Dosimetry

Brayden Schott, Thomas Dvergsten, Raman Caleb and Baozhou Sun

Chapter 9 ◾ Scintillation Fiber Optic Dosimetry

Arash Darafsheh

Chapter 10 ◾ Cherenkov and Scintillation Imaging Dosimetry

Rachael L. Hachadorian, Irwin I. Tendler and Brian W. Pogue

Chapter 11 ◾ Clinical Considerations and Dosimeters for In Vivo Dosimetry

Douglas Bollinger and Arash Darafsheh

Chapter 12 ◾ Dosimeters and Devices for IMRT QA

Nesrin Dogan, Matthew T. Studenski and Perry B. Johnson

Chapter 13 ◾ Area and Individual Radiation Monitoring

Nisy Elizabeth Ipe

Chapter 14 ◾ Monte Carlo Techniques in Medical Physics

Ruirui Liu, Tianyu Zhao and Milad Baradaran-Ghahfarokhi

Part II Brachytherapy

Chapter 15 ◾ Brachytherapy Dosimetry

Christopher L. Deufel, Wesley S. Culberson, Mark J. Rivard and Firas Mourtada

Part III External Beam Radiation Therapy

Chapter 16 ◾ Photon Beam Dosimetry of Conventional Medical Linear Accelerators

Francisco J. Reynoso

Chapter 17 ◾ Dosimetric Considerations with Flattening Filter-Free Beams

Jessica Lye, Stephen F. Kry and Joerg Lehmann

Chapter 18 ◾ Linac-Based SRS/SBRT Dosimetry

Karen Chin Snyder, Ning Wen and Manju Liu

Chapter 19 ◾ CyberKnife and ZAP-X Dosimetry

Sonja Dieterich, Georg Weidlich and Chris toph Fuerweger

Chapter 20 ◾ Dosimetry in the Presence of Magnetic Fields

Carri Glide-Hurst, Hermann Fuchs, Dietmar Georg and Dongsu Du

Chapter 21 ◾ Helical Tomotherapy Treatment and Dosimetry

Reza Taleei and Sarah Boswell

Chapter 22 ◾ Gamma Knife Dosimetry

Nels C. Knutson

Chapter 23 ◾ Kilovoltage X-Ray Beam Dosimetry

C. M. Charlie Ma

Chapter 24 ◾ Electron Dosimetry

John A. Antolak

Chapter 25 ◾ Proton Therapy Dosimetry

Michele M. Kim and Eric S. Diffenderfer

Chapter 26 ◾ Ion Range and Dose Monitoring with Positron Emission Tomography

Katia Parodi

Chapter 27 ◾ Prompt Gamma Detection for Proton Range Verification

Paulo Magalhaes Martins, Riccardo Dal Bello and Joao Seco

Chapter 28 ◾ Acoustic-Based Proton Range Verification

Kevin C. Jones

Chapter 29 ◾ Proton Radiography and Proton Computed Tomography

Xinyuan Chen and Tianyu Zhao

Part IV□Imaging Modalities

Chapter 30 ◾ Dosimetry of Imaging Modalities in Radiotherapy

George X. Ding

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Arash Darafsheh, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Radiation Oncology, a certified medical physicist by the American Board of Radiology (ABR), and the PI of the Optical Imaging and Dosimetry Lab at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Optical Science and Engineering, and an M.Sc. in Radiation Medicine Engineering. His current research interests include optical methods in medical physics, detector development for radiotherapy, ultra-high dose rate FLASH radiotherapy, photodynamic therapy, and super-resolution microscopy. He has served as a mentor for many graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, and clinical residents. He has published over 90 journal and conference papers, six book chapters, and one patent. He has been awarded research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). He is a member of AAPM and senior member of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE-the international society for optics and photonics. He has served as an associate editor for Medical Physics and as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals.


"The rapid rate of developments and innovations in the field of radiotherapy currently in 2021 requires medical physicists to take stock of existing knowledge and link it to current and future directions. [This book] accepts this challenge. . . . [It] is indeed a 'Practical Handbook' for Radiotherapy Dosimetry in the 2020s and a valuable resource for up-to-date teaching of the next generation of radiotherapy physicists."

Margaret Moore, Head of Radiotherapy Physics at University Hospital Galway, in European Medical Physics News, Autumn 2021 (pg 37)