Part I: Radiation dosimeters and dosimetry techniques. Fundamentals of radiation physics and dosimetry. Ionization chamber instrumentation. Calorimetry. Semiconductor dosimeters. Film dosimetery. Thermoluminescence dosimetery. Optically stimulated luminescent dosimeters in clinical practice. EPID-based dosimetry. Scintillation fiber optic dosimetry. Cherenkov and scintillation imaging dosimetry. Clinical considerations and dosimeters for in vivo dosimetry. Dosimeters and devices for IMRT QA. Area and individual radiation monitoring. Monte Carlo techniques in medical physics. Part II: Brachytherapy. Brachytherapy dosimetry. Part III: External beam radiation therapy. Photon beam dosimetry of conventional medical linear accelerators. Dosimetric considerations with flattening filter-free beams. Linac based SRS/SBRT dosimetry. Cyberknife and Zap-X dosimetry. Dosimetry in the presence of magnetic fields. Helical tomotherapy treatment and dosimetry. Gamma knife dosimetry. Kilovoltage x-ray beam dosimetry. Electron dosimetry. Proton therapy dosimetry. Ion range and dose monitoring with positron emission tomography. Prompt gamma detection for proton range verification. Acoustic-based proton range verification. Proton radiography and proton tomography. Part IV: Imaging modalities. Dosimetry of imaging modalities in radiation therapy
This comprehensive book covers the everyday use and underlying principles of radiation dosimeters used in radiation oncology clinics. It provides an up-to-date reference spanning the full range of current modalities with emphasis on practical know-how. The main audience is medical physicists, radiation oncology physics residents, and medical physics graduate students. The reader gains the necessary tools for determining which detector is best for a given application. Dosimetry of cutting edge techniques from radiosurgery to MRI-guided systems to small fields and proton therapy are all addressed. Main topics include fundamentals of radiation dosimeters, brachytherapy and external beam radiation therapy dosimetry, and dosimetry of imaging modalities. Comprised of 30 chapters authored by leading experts in the medical physics community, the book:
- Covers the basic principles and practical use of radiation dosimeters in radiation oncology clinics across the full range of current modalities.
- Focuses on providing practical guidance for those using these detectors in the clinic.
- Explains which detector is more suitable for a particular application.
- Discusses the state of the art in radiotherapy approaches, from radiosurgery and MR-guided systems to advanced range verification techniques in proton therapy.
- Gives critical comparisons of dosimeters for photon, electron, and proton therapies.
Arash Darafsheh, Ph.D, is an assistant professor of Radiation Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He completed his medical physics post-graduate certificate and residency in the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and 2017, respectively. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Optical Science and Engineering, and an M.Sc. in Radiation Medicine Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of Medical Physics, Optics and Photonics, specifically in fiber optic dosimetry and super-resolution microscopy. He has published over 70 journal and conference papers, two book chapters, and one patent. He was recently awarded an SSTR grant from the NIH. He is a member of AAPM, OSA, and SPIE and has served as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals including Scientific Reports, ACS Photonics, Medical Physics, and Physics in Medicine & Biology.