Primer on Theory and Operation of Linear Accelerators, 2nd Ed.

Primer on Theory and Operation of Linear Accelerators, 2nd Ed.

Author:  C.J. Karzmark & Robert Morton
ISBN:  9780944838662      ISBN10:  0944838669
Published:  1998 | 50 pp | Softcover



NEW EDITION IS AVAILABLE. This short introductory book provides an overview of the components of the linear accelerator and how they function and interrelate. The auxiliary systems necessary to maintain the operation of the linac are also described. Ideal for students. This edition has been reformatted for ease of reading, and includes illustrations, an index, and an updated Appendix of Representative Linac Treatment Units.

By the mid-1950s, a linear accelerator suitable for treating deep-seated tumors was built in the Stanford Microwave Laboratory and installed at Stanford Hospital, which was located in San Francisco at that time. It served as a prototype for commercial units that were built later. Since that time, medical linear accelerators have gained in popularity as major radiation therapy devices, but few basic training materials on their operation had been produced for use by medical professionals. C.J. Karzmark, a radiological physicist at Stanford University, was involved with medical linacs since their development, and he agreed to collaborate with Robert Morton of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (formerly the Bureau of Radiological Health), U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in writing the first edition of this primer.

Since its first appearance, this book has become a classic.This second edition takes into account the significant advances occurring in radiotherapy linacs since the first edition was published. Again, the level of treating these advances is simplified so that the audience of radiation therapists—as well as physicians, engineers, and physicists—can benefit.