Physics and Technology of Hyperthermia

  • Stanley B. Field
  • Cafiero Franconi

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 127)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Lecturers’ Chapters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. E. J. Maher
      Pages 3-18
    3. Stanley B. Field
      Pages 19-53
    4. Cafiero Franconi
      Pages 80-122
    5. J. W. Strohbèhn
      Pages 211-239
    6. Carl H. Durney
      Pages 240-249
    7. Kamil Victor Ettinger
      Pages 250-293
    8. Chung-Kwang Chou
      Pages 294-318
    9. Chung-Kwang Chou
      Pages 319-353
    10. Robert B. Roemer
      Pages 390-402
    11. Robert B. Roemer
      Pages 403-413
    12. J. van der Zee, N. S. Faithfull, G. C. van Rhoon, H. S. Reinhold
      Pages 420-440
    13. George M. Hahn
      Pages 441-447
    14. H. S. Reinhold
      Pages 448-457
    15. Thomas C. Cetas
      Pages 470-508
    16. George M. Hahn
      Pages 509-516
    17. Jan J. W. Lagendijk
      Pages 517-552
    18. Robert B. Roemer
      Pages 553-561
    19. Robert B. Roemer
      Pages 562-573
    20. G. Arcangeli, A. Cividalli, G. Lovisolo, F. Mauro
      Pages 574-585
    21. F. di Filippo, R. Cavaliere, S. Carlini, A. M. Calabro, L. Piarulli, F. Moscarelli et al.
      Pages 586-597
  3. Discussion Reports

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 653-664

About this book


In the 1960s a firm rationale was developed for using raised temperatures to treat malignant disease and there has been a continuous expansion of the field ever since. However, a major limitation exists in our ability to heat human tumours, especially those sited deep in the body, with a reasonable degree of temperature uniformity. This problem has resulted in engineers and physicists collaborating closely with biologists and clinicians towards the common goal of developing and testing the clinical potential of this exciting treatment modality. The aim of the physicist and engineer is to develop acceptible methods of heating tumQur masses in as many sites as possible to therapeutic temperatures avoiding excessive heating of normal structures and, at the same time, obtaining the temperature distribution throughout the heated volume. The problem is magnified by both the theoretical and technical limitations of heating methods and devices. Moreover, the modelling of external deposition of energy in tissue and knowledge of tissue perfusion are ill-defined. To this must be added the conceptual difficulty of defining a thermal dose. The NATO course was designed to provide a basis for the integration of physics and technology relevant to the development of hyperthermia. There were 48 lectures covering the theoretical and practical aspects of system design and assessment, including, as far as possible, all the techniques of current interest and importance in the field.


Tumor cancer treatment clinical trial hyperthermia physiology radiation safety tissue ultrasound

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanley B. Field
    • 1
  • Cafiero Franconi
    • 2
  1. 1.MRC Cyclotron UnitHammersmith HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Medical Physics InstituteII University of RomeRomeItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-8109-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3597-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0168-132X
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