The Physics of Conformal Radiotherapy: Advances in Technology provides a thorough overview of conformal radiotherapy and biological modeling, focusing on the underlying physics and methodology of three-dimensional techniques in radiation therapy. This carefully written, authoritative account evaluates three-dimensional treatment planning, optimization, photon multileaf collimation, proton therapy, transit dosimetry, intensity-modulation techniques, and biological modeling. It is an invaluable teaching guide and reference for all medical physicists and radiation oncologists/therapists that use conformal radiotherapy.
Table of Contents
Developments and Controversies in Three-Dimensional Treatment Planning
Methods to Create a Two-Dimensional Modulation of Fluence (Intensity) across a Radiation Field
Megavoltage Portal Imaging, Transit Dosimetry, and Tissue Compensators
The Multileaf Collimator in Clinical Practice
Converting Three-Dimensional Dose to Biological Outcomes TCP and NTCP
Progress in Proton Radiotherapy
Image Formation, Utilization, Display, the Role of Three-Dimensional, and the CT-Simulator
"… excellent discussion on medical imaging and computerized treatment optimization … good overview of developments in biological models and processes … good perspective on the role of proton therapy and source of the facilities … excellent background, guidelines, and extensive critical evaluations on the practicality of every item covered … an excellent update on advances in technology related to conformal radiotherapy. I would highly recommend it to medical physicists, radiation oncologists, and manufacturers interested in the cutting-edge technological developments in the field of radiation oncology."
-Medical Physics, 1997
"For any centre considering 3-D CRT … this book is a useful source of information."
"…authoritative … [the book] describes the physics and methodology of conformal radiotherapy … useful to both experienced and novice medical physicists and radiotherapists."
-ASLIB Book Guide
"…a useful introduction and review of a number of developing areas in conformal radiotherapy, providing valuable explanations of the theories behind the state of the art equipment."