ICRP Publication 44: Protection of the Patient in Radiation Therapy
Annals of the ICRP Volume 15/2Edited By
- . ICRP
Protection of the patient in radiotherapy requires, uniquely, not the avoidance of radiation exposure or even the avoidance of risk of severe damage to some tissues. Rather, it involves achieving the optimal balance between the efficacy of sterilising the malignant growth and the minimizing of treatment-related complications by keeping radiation doses as low as reasonably achievable. This report presents a broad overview which will be useful to all involved in the proper therapeutic application of radiation.
For physicians, including medical oncologists, medical physicists, radiographers, and administrators who need to understand the requirements of their clinical colleagues.
International Commission on Radiological Protection
Published: March 1985
- Preface. Introduction. General principles of radiation therapy. External beam therapy. Brachytherapy. Accuracy of radiation delivery and quality assurance. Radiation response. Expected risk to specific organs/tissues from therapeutic irradiation. Absorbed dose inside/outside the useful radiation beam(s). Organization and planning of radiation oncology services. Radiation therapy staff education, training and duties. Medical research involving the use of radiation therapy. Appendix. References.