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Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists


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Introduction to Modern Physics.- Coulomb Scattering.- Rutherford - Bohr Atomic Model.- Production of X Rays.- Two-Particle Collisions.- Interaction of Charged Particles with Matter.- Interaction of Photons with Matter.- Energy Transfer and Energy Absorption in Photon Interactions with Matter.- Interactions of Neutrons with Matter.- Kinetics of Radioactive Decay.- Modes of Radioactive Decay.- Production of Radionuclides.- Waveguide Theory.- Particle Accelerators in Medicine.- Basics of Absolute and Relative Radiation Dosimetry.- Principles of Ionization Chamber Dosimetry.

About the Author

Ervin B. Podgorsak was born in Vienna, Austria and grew up in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he completed his undergraduate studies in technical physics in 1968. He then continued his studies in the USA at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and obtained M.SC. and Ph.D. degrees in physics. He accomplished 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. He is author of various successful books.


"This book, now in its third edition, builds on his extensive expertise as a radiation physicist, medical physicist and educator, and constitutes a clear, comprehensive and well-balanced resource. ... the book is aimed at medical physicists, and it is indeed an excellent and comprehensive resource for students on Master's and research degrees in this area or on clinical scientist training programmes, as well as for practising medical physicists." (Dr. Silvia Pani, RAD Magazine, October, 2017)

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