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Applied Physics for Radiation Oncology


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* Applied Physics for Radiation Oncology* Acknowledgements* Matter and Energy* Matter* Force* Energy* Radiation and Its Properties* The Structure of an Atom* Subatomic Particles* Ionizing Radiation* Linear Energy Transfer* Electromagnetic Radiation* Wave-Particle Duality* Wavelength and Frequency* The Production of X-Rays* The Discovery of X-Rays* Collision Interactions* Characteristic Radiation* Radiative Interactions (Bremsstrahlung)* Filters Used in Conventional X-Ray Therapy* Beam Direction as a Function of Incoming Electron Energy* Beam Direction Dependency on X-Ray Target Design* Radiation Quality* X-Ray Intensity* Beam Divergence* Beam Attenuation* Attenuation Coefficients* 5. X-Ray and ?-Ray Interactions with Matter* Attenuation Coefficients* Coherent Scatter* Photoelectric Effect* Compton Effect* Pair Production* Pair Annihilation* Photonuclear Interaction* Energy Absorption* Principles of Radiation Detectors* Measurement of Radiation* Gas Ionization Detectors* How to Use a Survey Meter* Scintillation Detectors* Neutron Dosimeters* Thermoluminescent Dosimeters* Diode Detectors* MOSFET Detectors* Determining Radiation Intensity* The Importance of Standardized Radiation Measurement* The Roentgen as a Unit of Exposure* Kerma*"Conventionali" X-Ray Machine Calibrations* Radiation Absorbed Dose* The fmedium Factor* Cavity Theory* Dose Equivalent* Why Use Higher Energy Beams?* Disadvantages of Low-Energy Machines* Penumbra Size* Inability to Use Isocentric Techniques* Advantages of Megavoltage over Orthovoltage Beams* Skin Sparing* Electron Equilibrium* Disadvantages of Megavoltage* Linear Accelerators* Accelerator Guides* Waveguides* Power Sources* Bending Magnets* The Raw Electron Beam* X-Ray Beam Production* X-Ray Beam Flattening Filters* Photon Beam Collimation* Electron Beam Production* Electron Scattering Foils* Electron Beam Collimation* Monitor Chambers for Photon and Electron Beams* Helical Technology* The Linear Accelerator Console: The Operator Interface* Quality AssuranceOther High-Energy Machines* Cobalt-60 Machines (Radionuclide Teletherapy)* Timer Error* Penumbra* Quality Assurance of Cobalt-60 Machines* Cyclotrons* Heavy Particle Therapy* The Geometry of Photon Beams* Similar Triangles* Magnification* Abutting Fields* Non-Midplane Structures* Perpendiculars* Planes* Simple Beam Arrangements* Isocentricity* Conventional Beam Blocking* Multileaf Collimation* IMRT* Photon Beam Dosimetry* Dose and Distance Terms* Dose Fractionation* Quantities Used in Treatment Calculations* Backscatter Factor* Output Factor* Equivalent Square Fields* Equipment Attenuation Factors* Patient Attenuation Factors* Depth Dose* Tissue-Air Ratio (TAR)* Tissue-Maximum Ratio (TMR)* Isodose Curves* Dose Profiles* Moving Field Calculations* Computers* Electron Beam Dosimetry* Electron Beam Interactions* Electron Beam Characteristics* Electron Beam Profiles* Gaps and Abutting Fields* Electron Dose Measurements* Treatment Calculations* Irregularly Shaped Fields* Tissue Inhomogeneities* Inverse Square Law* Treatment Planning* Tumor Targeting Vocabulary* Aims of Treatment Planning* What Treatment Planning Includes* Patient Alignment Devices* Patient Positioning Aids* Body Contours* Isodose Distributions* Oblique Incidence Corrections to Isodose Distributions* Isodose Summations* Treatment Techniques* Stationary or Fixed Beam Treatment* Moving Fields Treatment* Tissue Inhomogeneities* Tissue Compensation* Wedge Filters* Standard Treatment Calculation* Beam On Time Calculations (Timer Settings)* Monitor Unit Calculations* Clinical Applications in Treatment Planning* More Field Nomenclature* Mixed Beams* Tangents* Field Weighting* Normalization* Non-Coplanar Beams* Three-Dimensional Treatment Planning* Conformal Methods* IMRT* IGRT* Gated Radiation Therapy * Brachytherapy* Introduction* Radium* Radium Substitutes* Radioactive Sources* Applicators* Afterloading* Single Plane, Double Plane, and Volume Implants* Permanent Implants* Implant Dosimetry* Remote High-Intensity Afterloading* Specific Implant Techniques* Radiation Safety with Implants* Radiation Safety* Recommendations and Regulations* Measurement of Occupational Radiation Dose* Radiation Risk* Maximum Permissible Dose Equivalents* Personnel Monitoring* Time, Distance, and Shielding* Radioactive Materials* Radiation-Producing Machines* Signs* Appendix 1: Signs and Symbols* Appendix 3: Glossary* Appendix 5: Dosimetry Tables* Appendix 7: The Elements* Periodic Table * Index

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