This volume is an updated reference book for medical dosimetry. It evolved from the book Radiation Dosimetry Instrumentation and Methods (CRC Press, 1991) published 10 years ago, which contains many of the basic facts of radiation dosimetry techniques. The present book contains developments in the last decade, mainly for medical dosimetry. The two books are complementary.
Radiation dosimetry has made great progress in the last decade, mainly because radiation therapy is more widely used. Every medium to large sized hospital has an oncology department with at least one, generally more, linear accelerators for tumor treatment. Radiation dosimetry has become a common need in the medical world. Medical physicist is now a certified profession and is required by the law in every hospital where radiation treatment is given to patients. One of the main tasks of the medical physicist is to provide the physician with an accurate measurement of the dose delivered to the patient. Several measurement methods were developed together with improved calculation methods, correction factors, and Monte Carlo simulation.