Dosimetry and Medical Radiation Physics (DMRP)

Slides to Radiation Oncology Physics handbook

In 2005 the IAEA published “Radiation Oncology Physics: a handbook for teachers and students” aiming at providing the basis for an education in radiotherapy physics. As a complement to the publication, a set of slides following closely the material in the book has been developed by E.B. Podgorsak (Montreal, McGill University) and G.H. Hartmann (Heidelberg, DKFZ). The slides are expected to be useful to
• IAEA experts, as teaching material during training events
• students engaged in self-directed studies
• teachers and other interested professionals.
The set of slides has been placed on the IAEA web site as working material in order to seek comments, corrections and feedback (via It is hoped that this set of slides will contribute to the harmonization of the education of medical physicists in the field of radiation oncology.

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Table of contents

Chapter 1. Basic Radiation Physics
Chapter 2: Dosimetric Principles, Quantities and Units
Chapter 3: Radiation Dosimeters
Chapter 4: Radiation Monitoring Instruments
Chapter 5: Treatment Machines for External Beam Radiotherapy
Chapter 6: External Photon Beams: Physical Aspects
Chapter 7: Clinical Treatment Planning in External Photon Beam Radiotherapy
Chapter 8: Electron Beams: Physical and Clinical Aspects
Chapter 9: Calibration of Photon and Electron Beams
Chapter 10: Acceptance Tests and Commissioning Measurements
Chapter 11: Computerized Treatment Planning Systems for External Photon Beam Radiotherapy
Chapter 12: Quality Assurance of External Beam Radiotherapy
Chapter 13: Brachytherapy: Physical and Clinical Aspects
Chapter 14: Basic Radiobiology
Chapter 15: Special Procedures and Techniques in Radiotherapy
Chapter 16: Radiation Protection and Safety in Radiotherapy