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Designing a Treatment Beam

Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Just as a craftsman must know his or her tools, a radiation oncologist or medical physicist must know his or her radiations. So, in anticipation of the discussion in Chapters 8 and 9 of how to design a radiation treatment using multiple photon beams, I want to present some simple aspects of the interactions of radiation with matter which or medical physicist must know his or her radiations. So, in anticipation of the discussion in Chapters 8 and 9 of how to design a explain the properties of a single beam of radiation. These interactions are not treated in detail; much more comprehensive accounts can be found in textbooks such as Johns and Cunningham (1983) and (Khan 2003).

Keywords

Pair Production Dose Distribution Scattered Radiation Photon Beam Scattered Photon 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

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