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Title: IAEA Technical Reports Series No. 430: Commissioning and Quality Assurance of Computerized Planning Systems for Radiation Treatment of Cancer


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Journal Name: Medical Physics; Journal Volume: 33; Journal Issue: 2; Other Information: DOI: 10.1118/1.2167371; (c) 2006 American Association of Physicists in Medicine; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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Van Dyk, J., Rosenwald, J.-C., Fraass, B., Cramb, J., Ionescu-Farca, F., and Sharpe, Michael B. IAEA Technical Reports Series No. 430: Commissioning and Quality Assurance of Computerized Planning Systems for Radiation Treatment of Cancer. United States: N. p., 2006. Web. doi:10.1118/1.2167371.
Van Dyk, J., Rosenwald, J.-C., Fraass, B., Cramb, J., Ionescu-Farca, F., & Sharpe, Michael B. IAEA Technical Reports Series No. 430: Commissioning and Quality Assurance of Computerized Planning Systems for Radiation Treatment of Cancer. United States. doi:10.1118/1.2167371.
Van Dyk, J., Rosenwald, J.-C., Fraass, B., Cramb, J., Ionescu-Farca, F., and Sharpe, Michael B. Wed . "IAEA Technical Reports Series No. 430: Commissioning and Quality Assurance of Computerized Planning Systems for Radiation Treatment of Cancer". United States. doi:10.1118/1.2167371.
title = {IAEA Technical Reports Series No. 430: Commissioning and Quality Assurance of Computerized Planning Systems for Radiation Treatment of Cancer},
author = {Van Dyk, J. and Rosenwald, J.-C. and Fraass, B. and Cramb, J. and Ionescu-Farca, F. and Sharpe, Michael B},
abstractNote = {No abstract prepared.},
doi = {10.1118/1.2167371},
journal = {Medical Physics},
number = 2,
volume = 33,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2006},
month = {Wed Feb 15 00:00:00 EST 2006}
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