Physics in Radiation Oncology Self-Assessment Guide

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Physics in Radiation Oncology Self-Assessment Guide

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  • Andrew Godley PhD
  • Ping Xia PhD

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This guide - a companion to the Radiation Oncology Self-Assessment Guide - is a comprehensive physics review for anyone in the field of radiation oncology looking to enhance their knowledge of medical physics. It covers in depth the principles of radiation physics as applied to radiation therapy along with their technical and clinical applications. To foster retention of key concepts and data, the resource utilizes a user-friendly "flash card" question and answer format with over 800 questions. The questions are supported by detailed answers and rationales along with reference citations for source information.

The guide is comprised of 14 chapters that lead the reader through the radiation oncology physics field, from basic physics to current practice and latest innovations. Aspects of basic physics covered include fundamentals, photon and particle interactions, and dose measurement. A section on current practice covers treatment planning, safety, regulations, quality assurance, and SBRT, SRS, TBI, IMRT, and IGRT techniques. A chapter unique to this volume is dedicated to those topics in diagnostic imaging most relevant to radiology, including MRI, ultrasound, fluoroscopy, mammography, PET, SPECT, and CT. New technologies such as VMAT, novel IGRT devices, proton therapy, and MRI-guided therapy are also incorporated. Focused and authoritative, this must-have review combines the expertise of clinical radiation oncology and radiation physics faculty from the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute.

Key Features:

  • Includes more than 800 questions with detailed answers and rationales
  • A one-stop guide for those studying the physics of radiation oncology including those wishing to reinforce their current knowledge of medical physics
  • Delivered in a "flash card" format to facilitate recall of key concepts and data
  • Presents a unique chapter on diagnostic imaging topics most relevant to radiation oncology
  • Content provided by a vast array of contributors, including physicists, radiation oncology residents, dosimetrists, and physicians

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 08, 2015
  • Page Count 476
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781620700709
  • EISBN 9781617052408

Table of Contents 




1. Fundamental Physics

Mihir Naik and Andrew Godley

1.1 Units

1.2 Atomic and Nuclear Structure

1.3 Radioactivity

1.4 Exponential Decay

2. Radiation Generating Equipment

Qingyang Shang and Matthew Kolar

2.1 Production of X-Rays

2.2 Linear Accelerators

2.3 Particle and Source-Based Radiation

3. Ionizing Radiation

Zhilei Liu Shen and Toufik Djemil

3.1 Photon Interactions

3.2 Particle Interactions

4. Absorbed Dose

Martin Andrews and Naichang Yu

4.1 Dosimetry

4.2 Dosimeters

5. Photon Treatment

Matthew C. Ward and Salim Balik

5.1 Beam Quality

5.2 Factors Affecting Photon Dose Deposition

5.3 Monitor Unit Calculations

6. Basic Treatment Planning

Jeff Kittel, Lisa Zickefoose, and Diana Mattson

7. Electron Treatment

Matthew Vossler and Anthony Mastroianni

8. Brachytherapy

Maria Rybak, Neil Woody, and Allan Wilkinson

8.1 Brachytherapy

8.2 Low-Dose-Rate Brachytherapy

8.3 High-Dose-Rate Brachytherapy

9. Advanced Treatment Techniques

Anthony Magnelli, Tingliang Zhuang, and Toufik Djemil

9.1 Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy

9.2 Stereotactic Radiation Therapy

9.3 Respiratory Management

9.4 Computing

10. Specialized Treatment

Yvonne Pham and Gennady Neyman

10.1 Stereotactic Radiosurgery

10.2 Total Body and Total Skin Irradiation

10.3 Particle Therapy

10.4 Hyperthermia

11. Quality

Peng Qi and Anthony Magnelli

11.1 Therapy Equipment Quality Assurance

11.2 Patient Safety

12. Radiation Safety and Regulations

Mike Strongosky and Henry Blair

12.1 Rules and Regulations

12.2 Shielding

13. Diagnostic Imaging

Kevin Wunderle, Nicholas Shkumat, and Frank Dong

13.1 Radiography and Fluoroscopy

13.2 MRI

13.3 Mammography

13.4 Nuclear Imaging

13.5 CT

13.6 Ultrasound

14. Image Guidance

Eric Tischler and Lama Muhieddine Mossolly