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Practical Radiation Oncology Physics


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PART I Building Blocks 1. Reference dosimetry for ionizing radiation 2. Relative dosimetry for MV beams 3. In-vivo dosimetry 4. Quality assurance and commissioning of new radiotherapy technology 5. Quality assurance of radiotherapy dose calculations 6. Immobilization techniques in radiotherapy 7. Image guidance and localization technologies for radiotherapy 8. Brachytherapy 9. Proton radiotherapy 10. Radiation safety and shielding in radiotherapy 11. Information Technology in Radiation Oncology 12. Quality and safety improvement in radiation oncology PART II Clinical Applications 13. Simulation for radiotherapy treatment planning 14. Treatment planning quality metrics 15. The use of electrons for external beam radiotherapy 16. IMRT and VMAT 17. SRS and SBRT 18. Clinical aspects of image guidance and localization in radiotherapy 19. Respiratory motion management for external beam radiotherapy 20. Intracavitary Brachytherapy 21. Interstitial Brachytherapy 22. Prostate seed implant 23. Intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) 24. Special Procedures Appendix I Resource Documents Appendix II Glossary


This comprehensive book closes the gap between the textbook and clinical practice. It answers the questions that physicists might initially have when trying to implement a new program, a new procedure, etc. The book will be a great reference for medical physics residents and junior physicists, as well as for physicists who are about to implement a new procedure. Medical residents can use the book to gain insights into the physics aspects of treatments. The authors have managed to distill the most important, currently available information to create a truly practical book on radiation oncology physics. This will be a valuable book for the radiation oncology team.

-Sotirios Stathakis, PhD (University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio) Doody's Score: 98 - 5 Stars

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