Modern cancer treatment relies on Monte Carlo simulations to help radiotherapists and clinical physicists better understand and compute radiation dose from imaging devices as well as exploit four-dimensional imaging data. With Monte Carlo-based treatment planning tools now available from commercial vendors, a complete transition to Monte Carlo-based dose calculation methods in radiotherapy could likely take place in the next decade. Monte Carlo Techniques in Radiation Therapy
explores the use of Monte Carlo methods for modeling various features of internal and external radiation sources, including light ion beams.
The book-the first of its kind-world examples, it illustrates the use of Monte Carlo modeling and simulations in dose calculation, beam delivery, kilovoltage and megavoltage imaging, proton radiography, device design, and much more. "The editors are to be congratulated on planning this volume, selecting the many expert authors and editing the vast amount of work the product entails. Every radiation therapy physics department should have a copy of this volume. If they do not, they should purchase a copy, immediately. Keen students around the globe may also want to purchase their own copy, especially if they are taking any medical physics master's courses."
-Medical Physics, 42, August 2015
"This is a comprehensive overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of Monte Carlo simulation as applied to therapeutic medical physics. The reference list at the end of each chapter is extremely useful for further reading and study. Chapters are well written by recognized experts in their respective fields. The book is a good addition to the literature and an excellent reference for the medical physics community. Weighted numerical score: 92 - 4 stars."
-John DeMarco, PhD, UCLA School of Medicine, Doody's Book Review Service
"This is the first textbook targeted at medical physicists that provides not only explanations of the fundamentals of MC methodology, but also reviews the application of this calculation methodology in a variety of RT fields. ... This textbook and the foundation chapters in particular should be considered an essential resource for any student or practitioner of MC techniques in RT."
-Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine, March 2014
Monte Carlo Techniques in Radiation Therapy