© 2012

Technical Basis of Radiation Therapy

Practical Clinical Applications

  • Seymour H. Levitt
  • James A. Purdy
  • Carlos A. Perez
  • Philip Poortmans

Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Also part of the Radiation Oncology book sub series (Med Radiol Radiat Oncol)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Chang W. Song, Heonjoo Park, Robert J. Griffin, Seymour H. Levitt
    Pages 51-61
  3. Cynthia Ménard, Ursula Nestle, David Jaffray
    Pages 63-83
  4. James A. Purdy, Philip Poortmans, Carlos A. Perez, Seymour H. Levitt
    Pages 85-132
  5. Sasa Mutic, Mary Coffey, James A. Purdy, Jeff M. Michalski, Carlos A. Perez
    Pages 133-156
  6. Bruce J. Gerbi, Youlia M. Kirova, Roberto Orecchia
    Pages 157-196
  7. Nancy Price Mendenhall, Zuofeng Li
    Pages 197-218
  8. James A. Purdy, Philip Poortmans, Carlos A. Perez
    Pages 253-273
  9. Ruijiang Li, Paul Keall, Lei Xing
    Pages 275-312
  10. Walter H. Grant III, E. Brian Butler, Dirk Verellen
    Pages 313-324
  11. Rodney E. Wegner, Dwight E. Heron, Arlan H. Mintz, M. Saiful Huq
    Pages 325-334
  12. Joseph R. Simpson, Robert E. Drzymala, Keith M. Rich, Brigitta G. Baumert
    Pages 335-362
  13. L. Chinsoo Cho, Valérie Fonteyne, Wilfried DeNeve, Simon S. Lo, Robert D. Timmerman
    Pages 363-400
  14. Bruce Thomadsen, Jack Venselaar, Zuofeng Li
    Pages 401-434
  15. Bethany Anderson, Christine Haie-Meder, Erik Van Limbergen
    Pages 435-459
  16. Subir Nag, Granger R. Scruggs
    Pages 461-484
  17. James A. Purdy, Eric E. Klein, Philip Poortmans, Coen Hurkmans
    Pages 485-529
  18. James A. Purdy, Philip M. Poortmans
    Pages 531-548

About this book


This well-received book, now in its fifth edition, is unique in providing a detailed description of the technological basis of radiation therapy. Another novel feature is the collaborative writing of the chapters by North American and European authors. This considerably broadens the book’s perspective and increases its applicability in daily practice throughout the world. The book is divided into two sections. The first covers basic concepts in treatment planning, including essential physics and biological principles related to time-dose-fractionation, and explains the various technological approaches to radiation therapy, such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy, tomotherapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, and high and low dose rate brachytherapy. Issues relating to quality assurance, technology assessment, and cost-benefit analysis are also reviewed. The second part of the book discusses in depth the practical clinical applications of the different radiation therapy techniques in a wide range of cancer sites. All of the chapters have been written by leaders in the field. This book will serve to instruct and acquaint teachers, students, and practitioners in the various fields of oncology with the basic technological factors and approaches in radiation therapy.


basic concepts radiation therapy technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Seymour H. Levitt
    • 1
  • James A. Purdy
    • 2
  • Carlos A. Perez
    • 3
  • Philip Poortmans
    • 4
  1. 1.Institutet Stockholm Sweden, MMC 436Dept.of Oncol-Pathol KarolinskaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.UC Davis Cancer Center, Dept. Radiation OncologyUniversity of California, DavisSacramentoUSA
  3. 3.School of Medicine, Dept. Radiation OncologyWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  4. 4.Instituut VerbeetenTilburgNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Technical Basis of Radiation Therapy
  • Book Subtitle Practical Clinical Applications
  • Editors Seymour H. Levitt
    James A. Purdy
    Carlos A. Perez
    Philip Poortmans
  • Series Title Medical Radiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-642-11571-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-50013-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-11572-1
  • Series ISSN 0942-5373
  • Edition Number 5
  • Number of Pages XV, 1148
  • 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 of the fifth edition:

“This book Provides a unique approach to covering the physics of radiation oncology. … I would highly recommend this book for radiation oncology trainees who are seeking to understand the physics background to clinical radiation oncology treatments and for physics trainees who are seeking to understand how basic physics applies to clinical application. I would also recommend this book for any radiation oncology professional looking to update their knowledge on either a particular radiotherapy technique or clinical treatment site.” (Lois Holloway, Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine, Vol. 36, 2013)