Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 100-minute lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 100-minute laboratory weekly
Prerequisites
1 of MMED1005, BIOL1101, HLTH1004
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR8742 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic includes: physiological monitors; pulse oximeters; infusion pumps; defibrillators; haemodialysis machines; neonatal devices (infant incubators, radiant warmers, apnoea monitors, phototherapy); imaging systems (x-ray; image intensifiers; nuclear medicine; gamma camera, ultrasonic imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, computer tomography); clinical laboratory instrumentation (spectrophotometry, chromatography, electrophoresis etc); allied health devices (diathermy, muscle stimulators, functional electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy, interferential therapy); implantable devices (cardiac pacemakers, cochlear implants); surgical devices (electrosurgery, laser surgery, anaesthetic machines, humidifiers, ventilators); pulmonary function instrumentation (spirometer, plethysmograph, pneumotachograph).
Educational aims
This topic aims to introduce biomedical equipment technology, addressing both the fundamental concepts and the technological advancements of modern instrumentation. Theoretical concepts will be backed up by practical visits to see the instrumentation in use.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of the topic, students are expected to be able to:
  1. Understand the fundamental concepts (both engineering and physiological) underlying biomedical instrumentation
  2. Appreciate the environment in which biomedical instrumentation is used