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Design and Shielding of Radiotherapy Treatment Facilities

Professor Patrick Horton, Dr David Eaton


Design and Shielding of Radiotherapy Treatment Facilities provides readers with a single point of reference for all aspects of shielding design and radiation protection advice to the construction and modification of radiotherapy facilities. The book assembles a faculty of national and international experts on all modalities including megavoltage and kilovoltage photons, brachytherapy and high-energy particles, and on conventional and Monte Carlo shielding calculations. Their consensus and expertise is reflected through the list of chapters, and the editors have also ensured a consistent message throughout the text by face-to-face discussion and thorough revisions of the original IPEM Report 75. This book is a comprehensive reference for qualified experts and radiation-shielding designers in radiation physics and also useful to administrators, planners, architects, constructors and others involved in the design of radiotherapy facilities.

About Editors

Patrick Horton is retired from the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

David Eaton is a lead clinical scientist, national radiotherapy trials QA group, Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, UK.

Table of Contents




Author biography


1 The design and procurement process

2 The design of radiotherapy facilities

3 Radiation protection requirements

4 Clinical practice, treatment room and control room design

5 Empirical shielding calculations for treatment rooms with linear accelerators

6 Monte Carlo methods

7 Shielding materials and construction details

8 Specialist applications: Gamma Knife®, TomoTherapy® and CyberKnife®

9 Kilovoltage therapy and electronic brachytherapy

10 Brachytherapy

11 Radiation shielding and safety for particle therapy facilities

12 Shielding verification and radiation surveys 


Hardback ISBN: 9780750314411

Ebook ISBN: 9780750314404

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-7503-1440-4

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing

Series: IPEM-IOP Series in Physics and Engineering in Medicine and Biology


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