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The Physics of Radiation Therapy [Hardcover]

Faiz M. Khan PhD
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May 15, 2009 0781788560 978-0781788564 Fourth

Dr. Khan's classic textbook on radiation oncology physics is now in its thoroughly revised and updated Fourth Edition. It provides the entire radiation therapy team—radiation oncologists, medical physicists, dosimetrists, and radiation therapists—with a thorough understanding of the physics and practical clinical applications of advanced radiation therapy technologies, including 3D-CRT, stereotactic radiotherapy, HDR, IMRT, IGRT, and proton beam therapy. These technologies are discussed along with the physical concepts underlying treatment planning, treatment delivery, and dosimetry.

This Fourth Edition includes brand-new chapters on image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and proton beam therapy. Other chapters have been revised to incorporate the most recent developments in the field. This edition also features more than 100 full-color illustrations throughout.

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Fourth edition (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781788560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781788564
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent August 22, 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book is essential in gaining a solid grasp and understanding of the physic concepts in Rad Onc.

The language of physics is math and the book isn't short on equations. the figures and tables are well put together.

Currently going through a Dosimetry program , I can say this book is much more in-depth than the introductory RTT books out there, which are just that " Introductory" . You wont get a better understanding, nor comprehensive explanations from other textbooks ( and I've gone through a few)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Text February 1, 2013
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It is important to note that one textbook will not be able to fully explain every topic in fine detail. This textbook used in conjunction with others serves as a good platform to build a solid foundation of understanding.

During my classes, I thought the author failed to adequately explain the use or derivation of formulas. Not until I began re-reading all my texts through did I notice that many of those longer equations that had no prelude were in fact fairly obvious if you knew the basics.

I think this text is worth having because it addresses a wide variety of topics in therapy and poses some very very interesting questions. One such question I love is the PDD graphed from tissue-bone-tissue v tissue-lung-tissue and proving why the graph looks the way it does. Understanding the graph is far more difficult than memorizing how it appears.

I stress not to rely on a single resource for preparing for your tests, but this text is a great addition to your library and will certainly help. When equations arise from out of nowhere, derive them yourself. The effort will pay dividends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommendation May 12, 2014
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Very inclusive.
I found it most informative and would recommend it highly.
It would be great if they would issue another one with Fast Neutron Therapy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the MP's bible April 12, 2013
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got this for a dollar. I bought the physical book for around $200 in school but now have the updated PDF version on my ipad. very nice
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book worth keeping. September 6, 2012
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I already had the hard copy version and wanted the e-reader version as well. A must have for Rad Oncology. This new version has great key point and summaries at the end of chapters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much cheaper than the university bookshop January 14, 2012
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Great if your uni lecturer lifts random chunks of text from this book without context. Awesome if you don't have spare money to throw at the uni bookshop.
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