Absorbed Dose Determination in External Beam Radiotherapy
An International Code of Practice for Dosimetry Based on Standards of Absorbed Dose to Water
Spanish Edition

Technical Reports Series No. 398

Subject Classification: 0103-Medical physics (including dosimetry)

Spanish STI/DOC/010/398; (ISBN:92-0-302005-5); 261 pp.; 26 figures; € 51.00; Date Published: 2005

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This Code of Practice, which has also been endorsed by WHO, PAHO and ESTRO, fulfils the need for a systematic and internationally unified approach to the calibration of ionization chambers in terms of absorbed dose to water and to the use of these detectors in determining the absorbed dose to water for the radiation beams used in radiotherapy. It provides a methodology for the determination of absorbed dose to water in the low, medium and high energy photon beams, photon beams, proton beams and heavy ion beams used for external radiation therapy. Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. Framework; 3. ND,w based formalism; 4. Implementation; 5. Code of Practice for Co-60 gamma ray beams; 6. Code of Practice for high energy photon beams; 7. Code of Practice for high energy electron beams; 8. Code of Practice for low energy kilovoltage X ray beams; 9. Code of Practice for medium energy kilovoltage X ray beams; 10. Code of Practice for proton beams; 11. Code of Practice for heavy ion beams; Appendix I: Relation between NK and ND,w based Codes of Practice; Appendix II: Calculation of kQ,Q0 and its uncertainty; Appendix III: Photon beam quality specification; Appendix IV: Expression of uncertainties.

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