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In radiosurgery, instead of using a surgical knife when treating a patient, high-energy ionizing radiation is the tool of choice. To understand the tumoricidal effects of ionizing radiation, it is important to know how radiation interacts with matter. This chapter describes general concepts and principles in radiation physics, including basic physics that are applicable to stereotactic radiosurgery. Commonly used delivery systems are also briefly reviewed. This chapter is written for non-physics professionals, especially neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists.

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Kim, S., Palta, J. (2008). The Physics of Stereotactic Radiosurgery. In: Chin, L.S., Regine, W.F. (eds) Principles and Practice of Stereotactic Radiosurgery. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-71070-9_4

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