The Physics of Three Dimensional Radiation Therapy presents a broad study of the use of three-dimensional techniques in radiation therapy. These techniques are used to specify the target volume precisely and deliver radiation with precision to minimize damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The book discusses multimodality computed tomography, complex treatment planning software, advanced collimation techniques, proton radiotherapy, megavoltage imaging, and stereotactic radiosurgery. A review of the literature, numerous questions, and many illustrations make this book suitable for teaching a course.
The themes covered in this book are developed and expanded in Webb's The Physics of Conformal Radiotherapy and the two may be used together or in successive semesters for teaching purposes.
"…the right book at the right time…"
"…an authoritative, timely, and effective review of the next generation of radiation therapy processes and techniques … excellent reference and guide for a course that should be mandatory for radiation oncologists and medical physicists."
-William Powers, Physics Today, June 1994, pp. 75, 76
"A thorough review of a developing field with future clinical applications … Excellent reading for the medical or health physicist … teachers and advanced students will find it worthy as a reference and as a textbook … I strongly recommend it."
-J. Daniel Bourland, Health Physics, vol. 65, no. 5, November 1993
3D radiation therapy treatment planning: Planning tools. Computer systems. Beams. Image registration. Structures from images. Dose calculation. Biological response. Treatment plan optimization: Inverse CT. Convolution dosimetry. Analytic and iterative deconvolution theory. Stereotactic radiosurgery and radiotherapy. The physics of proton radiotherapy. Conformal radiotherapy with a multileaf collimator. Megavoltage portal imaging. Treatment machine features. Imaging for conformal radiotherapy planning: X-ray CT. MRI. SPECT. PET. CT simulators. Epilogue. Appendices: Numerical questions. Glossary. Important historical developments for contextual framing of conformal radiotherapy. Index.