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Radiotherapy for Non-Malignant Disorders

  • Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
  • Hans-Bruno Makoski
  • Klaus-Rüdiger Trott
  • Luther W. Brady
  • Offers an unrivalled up-to-date and comprehensive survey on the use of radiotherapy to treat non-malignant disorders

  • Includes detailed background information, including the radiobiological and physical principles of treatment and the rationale underlying the use of radiotherapy for a wide variety of disorders

  • Considers in depth the risks of radiotherapy, ranging from minor clinical problems to life-threatening diseases

  • Presents the extensive data from clinical studies in a well-structured and informative way

  • Adopts an interdisciplinary perspective, ensuring that the book will be of value not only to the radiotherapist, but also to ophthalmologists, dermatologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons, orthopedists, and general practitioners


Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. General Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Klaus-Rüdiger Trott, Friedrich-Hugo Kamprad, Guido Hildebrandt
      Pages 3-27
    3. Klaus-Rüdiger Trott, Friedrich-Hugo Kamprad
      Pages 29-43
    4. Johann J. Broerse, J. T. M. Jansen, J. Zoetelief
      Pages 45-58
    5. Ulrich Wolf, Tilo Wiezorek
      Pages 59-87
    6. Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt, Ulrich Schäfer
      Pages 89-119
    7. Jan Willem Hendrik Leer, Paul van Houtte, Jaap Davelaar
      Pages 121-132
    8. Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt, Oliver Micke, the German Cooperative Group on Benign Diseases (GCG-BD)
      Pages 133-143
  3. Skin and Soft Tissue Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Renato G. Panizzon, Rene O. Mirimanoff, Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 147-159
    3. Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 161-191
    4. Luca Incrocci
      Pages 193-207
    5. Benjamin Guíx, Augusto Andrés, Pere Salort, José Ignacio Tello, IvÁn Henríquez, José Antonio Lejärcegui et al.
      Pages 209-224
    6. Oliver Micke, Hans T. Eich, Frank Bruns, Jürgen Heide, Georg Gosheger, Michael H. Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 225-234
  4. Bone and Joint Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Oliver Micke, Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 237-259
    3. Boris Adamietz
      Pages 261-279
    4. Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt, Felicitas Guntrum, Hartmut Krahl
      Pages 281-294
    5. Oliver Micke, Antje Ernst-Stecken, Ralph Mücke, Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 295-315

About this book


This volume discusses the general background, radiobiology, radiophysics and clinical applications of radiation therapy in the treatment of non-malignant diseases. Within 39 chapters, it documents the rationale and indications for the use of state-of-the-art radiotherapy for various non-malignant disorders of the CNS, head and neck, eye, skin and soft tissues, bone and joints, and the vascular system. In so doing, it draws attention to and elucidates the scope for application of radiotherapy beyond the treatment of malignancies. Both the risks and the benefits of such treatment are fully considered, the former ranging from minor clinical problems to life-threatening diseases. With the assistance of many tables and colored figures, the extensive data from clinical studies are presented in a well-structured and informative way. Each chapter concludes with a list of key points, allowing the reader to quickly comprehend the main facts. Since this approach offers an interdisciplinary perspective, this book will be of interest not only to radiotherapists but also to many other practitioners and medical specialists, for example orthopedists, surgeons, and ophthalmologists.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
    • 1
  • Hans-Bruno Makoski
    • 2
  • Klaus-Rüdiger Trott
    • 3
  • Luther W. Brady
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Radiation Oncology and Therapeutic RadiologyAlfried-Krupp-HospitalEssenGermany
  2. 2.Strahlenklinik Klinikum DuisburgDuisburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of Radiation BiologySt. Bartolomew’s Medical CollegeLondonUK
  4. 4.Hylda Cohn/American Cancer SocietyUSA
  5. 5.College of MedicineDrexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Radiotherapy for Non-Malignant Disorders
  • Editors Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
    Hans-Bruno Makoski
    Klaus-Rüdiger Trott
    Luther W. Brady
  • Series Title Medical Radiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-62550-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-08292-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-68943-0
  • Series ISSN 0942-5373
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 748
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Imaging / Radiology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals


From the reviews:

"This all-inclusive book addressing benign conditions that can be treated with radiation covers first principles for the radiobiology and physics associated with treatment and its delivery and then details the conditions, treatment options, and techniques of therapy. … the book is designed for practitioners and all medical specialists, particularly radiation oncologists, orthopedists, surgeons, and ophthalmologists. … an important addition to the literature for radiation oncologists as well as for a broad range of specialists. This is an outstanding resource for residents and clinicians … ." (Ann Pittier, Doody’s Review Service, May, 2008)

"The chapter in the textbook entitled Radiotherapy for Non-Malignant Disorders that covers the treatment of nonmalignant central nervous system (CNS) disorders by using ionizing radiation is a well-written, concise, and organized accounting of the current state of the art for physicians and residents in neurosurgery, neurology, neuro-oncology, medical physics, and radiation oncology. … is an excellent reference guide for any clinical member of the treatment team for these diseases." (American Journal of Neuroradiology, Vol. 29, November-December, 2008)