Handbook of Radiobiology

by Thayalan Kuppusamy

Radiation has been used in medicine, research and development, and industry since the discovery of X-rays in 1895 by the German physicist WC Roentgen. Over the period, its medical application has grown enormously, and it is widely used in radiology and imaging, and in radiation oncology. Radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists have become professionals of radiation in their respective field. The outcome of any diagnostic and therapeutic procedure depends on the radiation interaction with tissue or cells, or simply based on radiobiological principles. Understanding of the above principle is very much essential not only to predict outcome but also to use effectively the given radiation technique or procedure. An attempt is made in this book “Handbook of Radiobiology” to explain the basics of human body, radiation physics, its interactions with tissue and cells, survival curves and its modifying agents, biological effects, biological basis of radiotherapy, and including radiation safety and protection. In this book, topics related to the interaction of radiation with cells are dealt with, in which beneficial damage to cancer cells due to radiation therapy and hazards leading to injuries to normal cells and organs, are described in detail with illustrations and workbook examples. Topics, such as biological effects and normal tissue reaction of radiation, biological basis of external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy, time-dose-fractionation methods, and radiation safety and protection, are well explained in simple terms for all sectors of people to understand. This book is intended for the postgraduate students of medical physics, radiation oncology, and the radiology and imaging.


Book Detail

Author Author's Affiliation
1. Kuppusamy Thayalan Dr Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
ISBN 9789386107435
Speciality Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
DOI 10.5005/jp/books/12947
Edition 1/e
Publishing Year 2017
Pages 204
Book Type Professional


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