By P Mayles, A Nahum, J.C Rosenwald

From historical past physics and organic versions to the newest imaging and therapy modalities, the guide of Radiotherapy Physics: conception and perform covers all theoretical and sensible facets of radiotherapy physics. during this finished reference, each one half specializes in an immense region of radiotherapy, starting with an advent by way of the editors after which subdividing into self-contained chapters. the 1st 3 components current the basics of the underlying physics, radiobiology, and expertise concerned. the resultant sections speak about the aid necessities of exterior beam radiotherapy, comparable to dose measurements, homes of medical beams, sufferer dose computation, therapy making plans, and caliber coverage, through a component that explores interesting new advances that come with advancements in photon and particle treatment. next sections learn brachytherapy utilizing sealed and unsealed assets and supply the framework of radiation safeguard, together with an appendix that describes the precise program of united kingdom laws. the ultimate half comprises convenient tables of either actual constants and attenuation facts. to accomplish secure and potent radiotherapy, there should be a detailed realizing between a variety of disciplines. With contributions from well known experts, the instruction manual of Radiotherapy Physics: conception and perform presents crucial theoretical and useful wisdom for clinical physicists, researchers, radiation oncologists, and radiation technologists.

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4 Electron Capture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Artificial Radioactivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Quantification of Radioactivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Activity: Quantity and Unit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Radioactive Disintegration and Decay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Law of Radioactive Decay .

3 Continuous-Slowing-Down-Approximation (CSDA) Range . . . . . . . . . 4 Tabulated Stopping-Power Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Elastic Nuclear Scattering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Application to an Electron Depth–Dose Curve. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 PART A: FUNDAMENTALS INTRODUCTION Charged particles are fundamental to the medical use of radiation. Even if the primary radiation is a photon beam, it is the charged particles, known as secondary radiation in such cases, that cause the biological effect, whether it be cell killing or other changes that may eventually induce cancer.

1 Theory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Collision Stopping Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Density Effect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Electron Stopping-Power Data for Substances of Medical Interest. . . . . . . 5 Restricted Stopping Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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