Physics in Radiation Oncology Self-Assessment Guide

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Physics in Radiation Oncology Self-Assessment Guide

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Author: 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

    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