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The Physics of Radiation Therapy Hardcover – May 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0781788564 ISBN-10: 0781788560 Edition: Fourth

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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: 11.1 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Khan explains things very clearly and summarizes information from Johns and Cunningham very well.
Joe
This book does not replace the standard Khan's: The Physics of Radiation Therapy, it is a good supplement.
Stephanie Horne
This book is essential in gaining a solid grasp and understanding of the physic concepts in Rad Onc.
K. Hasan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Hasan on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EmanHavi on 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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I bought the new (4th) edition, having already read (and liked) the 3rd. For a physicist, the way Dr. Khan shows the concepts of Radiotherapy is very clear and he goes enough in depth (for every typical Radiation Therapy university course).
The main differences (with respect to the previous edition) are the brand-new graphics (with colour tables and summaries at the end of each chapter), some updates in the new techniques of 3D-CRT and IMRT and new chapters about IGRT and Hadron Therapy.
The first chapters are the same (and some sentences sound quite old-fashioned and outmoded, nowadays); and also the (very) few mistyping errors found in the 3rd edition (sometimes also in the equations/graphs) have not been corrected. Some pictures are not referenced correctly.
But, despite these comments, the book is great: someone described it as the "Bible" of Radiation Therapy and I definitely agree. To Medical Physics students, it gives a thorough introduction to principles and applications of Radiation Therapy.
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By Augustus Prince on 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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By Joel Fern on 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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By Rad on 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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Format: Hardcover
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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