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The Physics of Radiation Therapy Hardcover – May 31, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0781730655 ISBN-10: 0781730651 Edition: Third

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Third edition (May 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781730651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781730655
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,111,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Radiographer, Dr. Raymond Budd -- "There should be few, if any, radiation therapy physicists or technologists who are not familiar with Faiz Khan's text The Physics of Radiation Therapy. Since its first edition in 1984 it has established itself as a leading reference text for all involved in the use of ionising radiation for cancer treatment. All of the chapters in this new edition are extensively referenced and many of them have worked examples in support of the presented materials. The book is clinically oriented and presents practical aspects as well as underlying theory to clarify basic concepts. Many of the illustrations have been revised to reflect current practice and they greatly benefit from the enlarged format. This excellent book will continue to be a valuable resource to the entire radiation oncology team. There is little more to be said, other than it should be mandatory reading for all those involved in radiation therapy practice."-Dr. Raymond Budd, The Radiographer

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By New Rad Onc Attending on November 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
All radiation oncology residents complain about how difficult this book is to read. It is true-it is dense and some of the explanations may not be perfectly clear. That said, this book is indispensable for the Radiation Oncology Written Boards exam. The figures and tables in particular are very high yield and worth their weight in gold if one's goal is to comfortably pass the physics written board exam.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By E. Mercer on February 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I find this an absolutely fantastic book. It really is the bible of medical physics for radiotherapy. I had the second edition until it fell apart, and just purchased this new third edition. It explains virtually every single thing you need to know in therapy- from a theoretical point of view.

It does have two weak points: not all terms are clearly defined each time they are used in equations, and the prostate seed implant chapter has been largely overtaken by technological advancements in in-theatre planning which make it a little outdated.

If you are medical physicsist in radiotherapy and will only buy one book in your lifetime, then let this one be it!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Reading turtle on January 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I started working in Radiation Therapy, somebody recommended this book to me to learn the theoretical aspects. I am also required to teach a resident lecture out of this book. The more I use it, the less I like it. While the book may contain information on all basic and necessary topics, the way they are presented is less than optimal.

I find the writing style is not conducive to learning. The author has the annoying habit to insert sentences hinting at advanced topics without really explaining what it means. For the reader not familiar with the advanced topics, those remarks just create confusion. Some of the chapters, especially on electrons, are very unorganized and jump back and forth.

Compared to other excellent works available, e.g. Hendee and Ibbott, or Jayaraman and Lanzl, this book is much weaker in quality/price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Barrett on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for any Dosimetrist, student or professional. The book can be used as a refrence and/or to study for CMD. Important radiation physics concepts explained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RONALD DEJESUS on September 26, 2009
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This is absolutely my "Resource-Bible" of physics of Radiation Therapy...

Must-have book, for those who want a clear understanding of the physics behind radiaton oncology.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Doe on December 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Even though this is supposed to be the gold std for rad onc physics, it's not a particularly good one for teaching. It's mildly out of date and the writing style is, well, frustrating to read. Like another reader pointed out, the author makes random references to this and that w/o further explanation. Unfortunately, b/c this text is the std, it's become a necessity. So try to borrow someone else's copy for the boards, cause you won't be using this book on a daily basis, that's for sure.
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