The Phantoms of Medical and Health Physics

Devices for Research and Development

  • Larry A. DeWerd
  • Michael Kissick

Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Larry A. DeWerd, Michael Lawless
    Pages 1-14
  3. Phantoms of Radiation Therapy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Sean P. Frigo
      Pages 17-38
    3. Michael Kissick, Travis McCaw
      Pages 53-75
    4. Yun Yang, Mark J. Rivard
      Pages 77-87
  4. Imaging Phantoms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Kwan-Hoong Ng, Chai-Hong Yeong
      Pages 91-122
    3. Paulo R. Costa
      Pages 123-142
    4. Alessandra Tomal
      Pages 143-157
    5. Reed Selwyn
      Pages 181-199
    6. Mark T. Madsen, John J. Sunderland
      Pages 201-222
  5. Computational Phantoms

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-286

About this book


A comprehensive overview of all types of phantoms used in medical imaging, therapy, nuclear medicine and health physics is provided in this title. For ionizing radiation, dosimetry with respect to issues of material composition, shape, and motion/position effects are all highlighted. For medical imaging, each type of technology will need specific materials and designs, and the physics and indications will be explored for each type. Health physics phantoms are concerned with some of the same issues such as material heterogeneity, but also unique issues such as organ-specific radiation dose from sources distributed in other organs.

Though some of the information enclosed is found in other sources, divided especially along the three categories of imaging, therapy, and health physics, many medical physicists as well as professionals need to bridge these three catagories. Readers will be able to use this book to select the appropriate phantom from a vendor at a clinic, to learn from as a student, to choose materials for custom phantom design, to design dynamic features, and as a reference for a variety of applications.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Larry A. DeWerd
    • 1
  • Michael Kissick
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Wisconsin–Madison Wisconsin Institutes for Medical ResearcMadisonUSA
  2. 2.University of Wisconsin–Madison Wisconsin Institutes for Medical ResearcMadisonUSA

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