Comprehensive Brachytherapy: Physical and Clinical Aspects

Jack Venselaar, Ali S. Meigooni, Dimos Baltas, Peter J. Hoskin

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November 8, 2012 by CRC Press
Handbook - 535 Pages - 35 Color & 262 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439844984 - CAT# K11997
Series: Imaging in Medical Diagnosis and Therapy

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Features

  • Provides essential background information and practical guidelines for quick reference
  • Offers a balanced perspective from experts across the globe
  • Includes recommendations from the major professional organizations
  • Integrates the physics and clinical aspects of the practice
  • Presents a complete overview of the design, performance, and management of quality assurance programs
  • Discusses research areas and provides a view on future developments

Summary

Modern brachytherapy is one of the most important oncological treatment modalities requiring an integrated approach that utilizes new technologies, advanced clinical imaging facilities, and a thorough understanding of the radiobiological effects on different tissues, the principles of physics, dosimetry techniques and protocols, and clinical expertise. A complete overview of the field, Comprehensive Brachytherapy: Physical and Clinical Aspects is a landmark publication, presenting a detailed account of the underlying physics, design, and implementation of the techniques, along with practical guidance for practitioners.

Bridging the gap between research and application, this single source brings together the technological basis, radiation dosimetry, quality assurance, and fundamentals of brachytherapy. In addition, it presents discussion of the most recent clinical practice in brachytherapy including prostate, gynecology, breast, and other clinical treatment sites. Along with exploring new clinical protocols, it discusses major advances in imaging, robotics, dosimetry, Monte Carlo-based dose calculation, and optimization.