Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics: Theory and Practice

P Mayles, A Nahum, J.C Rosenwald

June 12, 2007 by CRC Press
Reference - 1450 Pages - 539 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780750308601 - CAT# IP345


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  • Delineates the biological factors that can optimize radiation therapy and the equipment used in external beam radiotherapy for treatment, simulation, and verification
  • Describes the measurements required to accurately predict dose distributions, taking into account clinical beam and patient characteristics
  • Outlines treatment planning algorithms and models as well as the essential treatment planning steps
  • Explores state-of-the-art treatment techniques, such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy, stereotactic fixation, total body irradiation, total skin irradiation, tomotherapy, particle radiotherapy, breathing adapted radiotherapy, and intensity-modulated arc therapy
  • Discusses brachytherapy and targeted radionuclide therapy, including new tumor-specific pharmaceuticals
  • Covers the risks associated with radiation treatment, the regulatory framework, and practical issues, such as the design of treatment rooms
  • Summary

    From background physics and biological models to the latest imaging and treatment modalities, the Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics: Theory and Practice covers all theoretical and practical aspects of radiotherapy physics.

    In this comprehensive reference, each part focuses on a major area of radiotherapy, beginning with an introduction by the editors and then subdividing into self-contained chapters. The first three parts present the fundamentals of the underlying physics, radiobiology, and technology involved. The ensuing sections discuss the support requirements of external beam radiotherapy, such as dose measurements, properties of clinical beams, patient dose computation, treatment planning, and quality assurance, followed by a part that explores exciting new advances that include developments in photon and particle therapy. Subsequent sections examine brachytherapy using sealed and unsealed sources and provide the framework of radiation protection, including an appendix that describes the detailed application of UK legislation. The final part contains handy tables of both physical constants and attenuation data.

    To achieve safe and effective radiotherapy, there needs to be a close understanding among various disciplines. With contributions from renowned specialists, the Handbook of Radiotherapy Physics: Theory and Practice provides essential theoretical and practical knowledge for medical physicists, researchers, radiation oncologists, and radiation technologists.