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Radiation Therapy Physics, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-39493-8
472 pages
September 2004
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The Third Edition of Radiation Therapy Physics addresses in concise fashion the fundamental diagnostic radiologic physics principles as well as their clinical implications. Along with coverage of the concepts and applications for the radiation treatment of cancer patients, the authors have included reviews of the most up-to-date instrumentation and critical historical links. The text includes coverage of imaging in therapy planning and surveillance, calibration protocols, and precision radiation therapy, as well as discussion of relevant regulation and compliance activities. It contains an updated and expanded section on computer applications in radiation therapy and electron beam therapy, and features enhanced user-friendliness and visual appeal with a new, easy-to-follow format, including sidebars and a larger trim size. With its user-friendly presentation and broad, comprehensive coverage of radiotherapy physics, this Third Edition doubles as a medical text and handy professional reference.
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Table of Contents


Preface to the Second Edition.

Preface to the First Edition.

1. Atomic Structure and Radioactive Decay.

2. Production of X Rays.

3. Interactions of X Rays and Gamma Rays.

4. Radiation Units.

5. Measurement of Ionizing Radiation.

6. Calibration of Megavoltage Beams of X Rays and Electrons.

7. Dosimetry of Radiation Fields.

8. Treatment Planning by Manual Methods.

9. Diagnostic Imaging and Applications to Radiation Therapy.

10. Computer Systems.

11. Computer Based Treatment Planning.

12. Sources for Implant Therapy.

13. Brachytherapy Treatment Planning.

14. Radiation Protection.

15. Quality Assurance.

16. Advances in Radiation Therapy.

Answers to Selected Problems.


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Author Information

Dr. William Hendee is Professor and Dean of Research in the Department of Radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Geoffrey Ibbott is Associate Professor and Chief in the Outreach Physics Section of the Department of Radiation Physics at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Eric Hendee works in the Radiation Oncology Department at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

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"...an excellent introduction to undergraduate physics students, and radiation oncology residents involved in education programs…" (Health Physics, September 2005)

"The breadth is impressive, and students would have every opportunity to meet the stated objective of attaining 'a solid foundation in the physics of radiation therapy.'" (Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics, Spring 2005)

"This well written book will be an excellent primary textbook as well as reference resource in the library of anyone practicing in the field of radiation therapy." (Doody's Health Services)

"The authors are to be congratulated for their diligent effort in producing such a valuable work." (Medical Physics, February 2005)

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