Open access peer-reviewed Edited Volume


Thomas J. FitzGerald

UMass Memorial Medical Center

A leading radiation oncologist in advanced radiation therapy technologies, Director of the Quality Assurance Review Center, Invited Expert at the NIH- National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Dr. Fitzgerald received Peer Recognition Award for Outstanding Clinical Service at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Molseed Graduation Award, cum laude at the University of Missouri, George Washington University Hospital Outstanding Intern, ASTRO Annual Essay Award.


Dose Measurement Dose Computation Computer-Based Planning Dosimetry Skill Set Modern Planning Imaging and Radiation Planning Tools for Radiopharmacy Protons Carbon Ions Next-Generation Therapy Planning Modern Skill Set

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In this book, the plan will be to explore the background behind developing tools for the computation of absorbed radiation dose including the original tools for radiation dose calculation. The devices used to shape and conform the dose to topographical environments of small and large field radiation dose delivery will be presented including strategies for total body radiation therapy. Tools for computation and dose validation will be explored in the history section with subsequent chapters designed to demonstrate to the reader what is involved in modern patient care including image validation of the target and the use of imaging and imaging platforms to validate dose delivered including radiopharmacy and tools used to define dose migration from the application of radiopharmacy. A chapter will be dedicated to modern particle therapy and nuances involved in creating planning target volumes for particle patient care for modern proton delivery. The final chapter will be dedicated to the future vision of what a modern department will look like with respect to both FTE and the planning environment.

Publishing process

Book initiated and editor appointed

Date completed: September 10th 2021

Applications to edit the book are assessed and a suitable editor is selected, at which point the process begins.

Chapter proposals submitted and reviewed

Deadline for chapter proposals: October 8th 2021

Potential authors submit chapter proposals ready for review by the academic editor and our publishing review team.

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Approved chapters written in full and submitted

Deadline for full chapters: December 7th 2021

Once approved by the academic editor and publishing review team, chapters are written and submitted according to pre-agreed parameters

Full chapters peer reviewed

Review results due: February 25th 2022

Full chapter manuscripts are screened for plagiarism and undergo a Main Editor Peer Review. Results are sent to authors within 30 days of submission, with suggestions for rounds of revisions.

Book compiled, published and promoted

Expected publication date: April 26th 2022

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About the editor

Thomas J. FitzGerald

UMass Memorial Medical Center

Dr. FitzGerald is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The department has a strong academic mission and provides clinical care to multiple communities throughout central Massachusetts with several community centers providing advanced technology clinical care. Dr. FitzGerald has been Principal Investigator of the Quality Assurance Review Center (QARC) for more than 25 years. QARC provides imaging and radiation oncology data acquisition and data management service to the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) and industry partners. QARC is now part of the Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core (IROC), which centralizes data management and quality assurance service for NCTN clinical trials with offices in Rhode Island, Houston, TX, Columbus, OH, and Philadelphia, PA. In this capacity, proton institution applications are credentialed for clinical trial participation and data are reviewed for protocol compliance. Dr. FitzGerald serves in an advisory capacity for The Cancer Imaging Archive (TCIA).

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