Cover; Contents; Contributors; 1 Introduction; 2 Basic physics essentials for the radiation oncologist; 3 The life of a photon; 4 Electrons, protons and neutrons; 5 Putting the IT in RT; 6 Principles of imaging for radiotherapy; 7 Radiation dosimetry; 8 X-ray beam physics; 9 Electron beam physics; 10 Radiotherapy treatment planning; 11 Beam therapy equipment; 12 Brachytherapy; 13 Radioactive sources; 14 Unsealed sources for therapy; 15 Radiation protection; 16 Quality assurance in radiotherapy; Further reading; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y.
Trainees in oncology learn about ionising radiation, but to understand it fully they must also understand the physics relevant to its use in therapy. This is the first book written specifically for the oncology and radiation team. It begins with basic concepts and then explores the principles and practice of physics as it relates to radiotherapy, including discussion of specific types of therapy. ABOUT THE SERIES:Radiotherapy remains the major non-surgical treatment modality for the management of malignant disease. It is based on the application of the principles of applied physics, radiobiolog.