All new expanded edition provides step-by-step guidelines on performing the technical aspects of radiation therapy. Important new coverage includes treatment preparation, 3-D treatment planning, dosimetry, new technologies, documentation, and quality assurance. In addition, you'll find added treatment planning guidelines by body region, and an expanded art program including many new 4-color illustrations.
This book on radiation therapy planning presents many of the physical and clinical aspects of radiotherapy. With nine new chapters and nearly twice the number of pages, it is much more than just an update to the first edition (1992). It is intended as a practical guide to technical issues and treatment procedures in radiation therapy. Although the first edition was meant primarily for radiation therapists and dosimetrists, this edition was written with other members of the community in mind as well, including physicians, physicists, nurses, and vendors. The author is a registered nurse and radiation therapist with 30 years of experience, and she does a good job of conveying her knowledge and experience. Each chapter is well illustrated with numerous figures, schematics, and patient images, followed by a comprehensive list of references. There are also numerous problems to work at the end of each chapter, with solutions given before the appendix. With these features, the book could be used as an instructive text for radiation therapists or dosimetrists, although additional supportive material would be helpful (especially in radiotherapy physics and dose calculations). The table of contents is not as detailed as in the first edition, but it is still a simple matter to find specific topics by referring to the index. This book successfully expands on the features of the previous edition and incorporates up-to-date information. About 40% is dedicated to external beam dose calculations and treatment preparation, another 40% to treatment techniques, and the final 20% to brachytherapy. Nine new chapters are included, mostly related to site-specific treatments and treatment preparation. Itwill undoubtedly become a valuable instructive and reference text for students and professionals in the field of radiation therapy.