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Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering

Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists

Authors: Podgorsak, Ervin B.

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This book summarizes the radiation physics knowledge that professionals working in medical physics need to master for efficient and safe dealings with ionizing radiation. It contains eight chapters, each chapter covering a specific group of subjects related to radiation physics and is intended as a textbook for a course in radiation physics in medical-physics graduate programs. However, the book may also be of interest to the large number of professionals, not only medical physicists, who in their daily occupations deal with various aspects of medical physics and find a need to improve their understanding of radiation physics.

The main target audience for this book is graduate students studying for M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in medical physics, who have to possess the necessary physics and mathematics background knowledge to be able to follow and master the complete textbook. Medical residents, technology students and biomedical engineering students may find certain sections too challenging or esoteric, yet they will find many sections interesting and useful in their studies.

Candidates preparing for professional certification exams in any of the medical physics subspecialties should find the material useful, and some of the material would also help candidates preparing for certification examinations in medical dosimetry or radiation-related medical specialties.

Numerous textbooks are available covering the various subspecialties of medical physics but they generally make a transition from the elementary basic physics directly into the intricacies of the given medical physics subspecialty. The intent of this textbook is to provide the missing link between the elementary physics on the one hand and the physics of the subspecialties on the other hand.

About the authors

Ervin B. Podgorsak was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in Ljubljana, Slovenia where he completed his undergraduate studies in technical physics at the University of Ljubljana in 1968. He then studied at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, USA and obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics. He completed his post-doctoral studies in medical physics at the University of Toronto in 1974 and moved to McGill University in Montreal, where he currently holds positions of Professor of Medical Physics and Director of the Medical Physics department.

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"This is a textbook by a distinguished physicist and educator that is intended for students in a graduate-level course covering the fundamentals of medical physics. The author states that the book’s intent is to provide the "missing link" between elementary physics and the physics of the specialty of medical physics. The book meets this intent very well….

"Any instructor teaching an introductory graduate-level course on the principles of medical physics should consider this book for adoption as a text. The book does not cover applications of the principles to topics such as dosimetry, quality and safety, or applications to radiology, nuclear medicine, or radiation oncology. What it does cover is the principles themselves, and it covers them very well." (Medical Physics, January 2006)

"Although intended as a textbook for radiation physics course incorporated in graduate medical physics degree programs, this book will be a delight and ready-reference also to seasoned practitioners. Besides the inclusion of a listing and elaborations of the significant milestones in radiation and medical physics from 1985 and Röntgen’s X rays up through Hounsfield and Cormack’s Computerized Tomography (CT) in 1971 and beyond, the book is packed with all the concepts, formulas and physical constants any radiation physics doctoral student would love to have wired into his or her brain, to sail through the most formidable examination with flying colors… This textbook, based on notes the author ‘developed over the past 25 years of teaching radiation physics to MSc and PhD students in medical physics at McGill University’ is a real gem for the bookshelf of anyone already professional working in the radiation sciences, as well as for a comprehensive teaching text aptly suitable for a graduate-level course within the medical radiation physics curriculum.’ (John H. Hubbell, Radiation Physics and Chemistry)

"...for the theory of radiation physics at a fundamental level, Podgorsak's book provides a wonderful resource presented in a well organized and easy to learn manner, in a way not found in any other text... [he] is to be congratulated for adding to the basic radiation physics learning tools for medical physics graduate students and researchers." (Jake van Dyk, London Regional Cancer Program, Can. Med Phys Newsletter (July 2006)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction to Modern Physics

    Pages XXII-41

  • Rutherford—Bohr Atomic Model

    Pages 42-85

  • Production of X Rays

    Pages 86-115

  • Two—Particle Collisions

    Pages 116-139

  • Interactions of Charged Particles with Matter

    Pages 140-167

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists
Authors
Series Title
Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-29471-9
DOI
10.1007/3-540-29471-6
Series ISSN
1618-7210
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 438
Number of Illustrations
115 b/w illustrations
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