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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. Bone and Joint Disorders

    1. Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt, Oliver Micke, Reinhard Heyd
      Pages 333-355
    2. Oliver Koelbl, Winfried E. Alberti, Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 357-371
    3. Marie-Luise Sautter-Bihl, Peter Lukas, Erhard Liebermeister, Doris Maier, Andras Nanassy
      Pages 373-381
    4. Ralf Oppenkowski, Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 383-395
    5. Thomas Olschewski, Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt, Oliver Micke
      Pages 397-423
    6. Reinhard Heyd, Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 425-440
    7. Reinhard Heyd, Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 441-455
  2. Vascular Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 457-458
    2. Patrick Schueller, Stefan Hesselmann, Oliver Micke
      Pages 459-466
  3. Eye Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 467-467
    2. Susanne Staar, Hans T. Eich, Michael Heinrich Seegenschmiedt
      Pages 469-486
    3. Markus Notter, Kathryn M. Greven
      Pages 487-500
    4. Richard H. Greiner, Bojan Pajic, Joachim Kutzner
      Pages 501-512
    5. Murali Murty, Jorge E. Freire, Carol L. Shields, Jerry A. Shields, Arman Mashayekhi, Luther W. Brady
      Pages 513-520
  4. Local and Systemic Inflammatory Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 521-521
    2. Dietmar Fröhlich, Dieter Baaske, Michael Glatzel
      Pages 523-536
    3. Burkard Neu, Wulf Haase
      Pages 537-546
    4. Georg M. Kacl, Gerold Stucki
      Pages 547-561
  5. Head and Neck

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 563-563

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
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)