A REVIEW OF TREATMENT PLANNING AND DOSE CALCULATION IN VETERINARY RADIATION ONCOLOGY

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Journal Article

Because radiation cell killing follows Poisson statistics, radiation dose response curves for tumors and normal tissue response are sigmoidal in shape. This shape implies that small errors in delivery of radiation dose can result in large changes in the probability of normal tissue necrosis or tumor control. Thus it is important for veterinarians involved with radiation oncology to be familiar with the basic aspects of radiation physics and dose calculation as they relate to radiation therapy. In this paper, we present a review of pertinent physics and treatment planning relative to orthovoltage and cobalt irradiation. The usefulness of radiation treatment planning computers is emphasized for improving the radiation oncologist's knowledge of dose distribution and selection of the optimum treatment plan. Copyright © 1989, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Thrall, DE; McLeod, DA; Bentel, GC; Dewhirst, MW

Published Date

  • January 1, 1989

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 194 - 221

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1740-8261

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0196-3627

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1740-8261.1989.tb00776.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus