© 2006

New Technologies in Radiation Oncology

  • Wolfgang Schlegel
  • Thomas Bortfeld
  • Anca-Ligia Grosu


  • Summarizes the state of the art in the most relevant areas of medical physics and engineering applied to radiation oncology

  • Covers all relevant areas of the subject in detail, including 3D imaging and image processing, 3D treatment planning, modern treatment techniques, patient positioning, and aspects of verification and quality assurance

  • Conveys information in a readily understandable way that will appeal to professionals and students with a medical background as well as to newcomers to radiation oncology from the field of physics


Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Basics of 3D Imaging

    1. Jürgen Hesser, Dzmitry Stsepankou
      Pages 9-16
    2. Georgios Sakas, Andreas Pommert
      Pages 17-25
    3. Gorgios Sakas, Andreas Pommert
      Pages 26-40
    4. Marc L. Kessler, Michael Roberson
      Pages 41-52
    5. Karsten Eilertsen, Dag Rune Olsen
      Pages 53-64
  3. 3D Imaging for Radiotherapy

    1. Marc Kachelriess
      Pages 41-80
    2. Elke Rietzel, George T.Y. Chen
      Pages 81-97
    3. Sasa Mutic
      Pages 133-149
    4. Wolfgang A. Tomé, Sanford L. Meeks, Nigel P. Orton, Lionel G. Bouchet, Mark A. Ritter
      Pages 151-163
  4. 3D Treatment Planning for Conformal Radiotherapy

    1. Anca-Ligia Grosu, Lisa D. Sprague, Michael Molls
      Pages 167-177
    2. Rolf Bendl
      Pages 179-186
    3. Uwe Oelkfe, Christian Scholz
      Pages 187-196
    4. Thomas Bortfeld, Christian Thieke
      Pages 207-220
    5. Christian P. Karger
      Pages 221-235
    6. Dimos Baltas, Nikolaos Zamboglou
      Pages 237-254

About this book


This book provides an overview of recent advances in radiation oncology, many of which have originated from physics and engineering sciences. After an introductory section on basic aspects of 3D medical imaging, the role of 3D imaging in the context of radiotherapy is explored in a series of chapters on the various modern imaging techniques. A further major section addresses 3D treatment planning for conformal radiotherapy, with consideration of both external radiotherapy and brachytherapy. Subsequently the modern techniques of 3D conformal radiotherapy are described, including stereotactic radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided and adaptive radiotherapy, and radiotherapy with charged particles. More clinically oriented chapters explore the use of brachytherapy in patients with prostate cancer, cardiovascular disorders and breast cancer. The book concludes with a section on quality assurance. The text is specifically designed to be accessible to professionals and students with a medical background as well as to newcomers to radiation oncology from the field of physics.


X-ray brachytherapy breast cancer cancer computed tomography (CT) imaging magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) medical imaging positron emission tomography (PET) prostate cancer radiation radiation oncology radiotherapy surgery tomography

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Schlegel
    • 1
  • Thomas Bortfeld
    • 2
  • Anca-Ligia Grosu
    • 3
  1. 1.Abteilung Medizinische Physik in der StrahlentherapieDeutsches KrebsforschungszentrumHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Radiation OncologyKlinikum rechts der Isar Technical University MunichMünchenGermany

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schlegel studied Physics at the Free University of Berlin and the University of Heidelberg. He is the head of the Medical Physics department at the German Cancer Research Center (dkfz) in Heidelberg and Professor for Medical Physics at the University of Heidelberg.

Prof. Thomas Bortfeld studied Physics at the Universities of Hannover and Heidelberg. He received his training in Medical Physics at the DKFZ in Heidelberg. He is now the Director of Physics Research in Radiation Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Anca-Ligia Grosu studied medicine in Cluj (Romania) and received her MD in Radiation Oncology at the Technical University of Munich. She is the Head of the Brain Stereotactical Radiotherapy and Radiosurgery Group of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Technical University and the Vice-President of the Neuro-Oncology-Group at the Tumour Center in Munich.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title New Technologies in Radiation Oncology
  • Editors Wolfgang C. Schlegel
    Thomas Bortfeld
    Anca Ligia Grosu
  • Series Title Medical Radiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-00321-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51769-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-29999-8
  • Series ISSN 0942-5373
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 460
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Imaging / Radiology
    Biological and Medical Physics, Biophysics
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Industry Sectors
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From the reviews:

"This is a very good book. It is extremely comprehensive and, I suspect, aimed at a variety of audiences. There is certainly information in this book for the clinical oncologist, radiation planning physicist, diagnostic radiologist and both therapy and diagnostic radiographers. The greatest target audience of the book is probably radiation planning physicists. … This book is a mine of information … . It should find its way to departmental libraries … ." (Dr. R. P. Symonds, RAD Magazine, October, 2006)

"New Technologies in Radiation Oncology provides an excellent overview of recent advances in the field, such as 3D treatment planning for conformal radiotherapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, proton therapy and image-guided, time-adapted radiotherapy systems. … the clarity of the explanations together with the many excellent photos and illustrations make the book accessible not only to radiation oncologists and medical physicists but also to any physician interested in the subject." (Cancer World, September-October 2006)

"This book presents a brief synopsis of recent developments in radiation oncology technologies. The stated purpose is to provide an overview of recent advances in radiation oncology. … The book is written primarily for radiation oncologists and physicists, particularly those who are clinically oriented. The authors are credible experts in the specialty of radiation oncology. … This is a concise, well written summary of recent advances in the use of imaging for treatment planning and new dose delivery technologies … ." (James G. Douglas, MD, MS, Doody’s Review Service, March, 2008)

"New technologies in Radiation Oncology provides an excellent overview of recent technologic developments in the field of radiation oncology. This book is intended for physicians and medical physicists who are working in radiation oncology and those just entering the field. ... each chapter includes a wealth of references for learning about a particular subject in detail." (Tinsu Pan and Dershan Luo, The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Vol. 49 (4), April, 2008)