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Monte Carlo Techniques in Radiation Therapy

2013 Edition, March 25, 2013

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ISBN: 978-1-4665-0792-0
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  • Revision: 2013 Edition, March 25, 2013
  • Published Date: March 25, 2013
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 334
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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Monte Carlo simulation techniques made a slow entry in the field of radiotherapy in the late 1970s. Since then they have gained enormous popularity, judging by the number of papers published and PhDs obtained on the topic. Calculation power has always been an issue, so initially only simple problems could be addressed. They led to insights, though, that could not have been obtained by any other method. Recently, fast forwarding some 30 years, Monte Carlo–based treatment planning tools have now begun to be available from some commercial treatment planning vendors, and it can be anticipated that a complete transition to Monte Carlo-based dose calculation methods may take place over the next decade. The progress of imageguided radiotherapy further advances the need for Monte Carlo simulations, in order to better understand and compute radiation dose from imaging devices and make full use of the four-dimensional information now available. Exciting new developments in in-beam imaging in light ion beams are now also being vigorously investigated. Many new discoveries await the use of the Monte Carlo technique in radiotherapy in the coming decades.
The book addresses the application of the Monte Carlo particle transport simulation technique in radiation therapy, mostly focusing on external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy. It includes a presentation of the mathematical and technical aspects of the technique in particle transport simulations. It gives practical guidance relevant for clinical use in radiation therapy, discussing modeling of medical linacs and other irradiation devices, issues specific to electron, photon, proton/particle beams, and brachytherapy, utilization in the optimization of treatment planning, radiation dosimetry, and quality assurance (QA).
We have assembled this book-a first of its kind-to be useful to clinical physicists, graduate students, and researchers who want to learn about the Monte Carlo method; we hope you will benefit from the collective knowledge presented herein. In addition, the editors wish to sincerely thank all the outstanding contributing authors, without whom this work would not have been possible. They would also like to thank the series editor, Dr. Bill Hendee, for the opportunity. We sincerely thank the editorial and production staff at Taylor & Francis for the smooth collaboration and for the pleasant interactions.