1 x 100-minute lecture weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial weekly
1 x 100-minute laboratory weekly
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR2742 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Knowledge of human physiology such as can be obtained in MMED8932 Integrative Human Physiology GE, MMED8931 Human Physiology GE, MMED2931 Human Physiology or MMED2932 Integrative Human Physiology.
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
On completion of this topic you will be 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
  3. Analyse and critically review existing biomedical instrumentation systems

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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