This course introduces students to the conceptual clinical engineering
department in a hospital. Students learn the organization of the
hospital and the operation of the clinical engineering department.
Students are introduced to the professional requirements of performing
their tasks in the administrative and patient care environments of a
hospital or related health care facility. An introductory set of
instrument technologies and test and maintenance equipment are explored
as well as the underlying sensor and transducer technologies.
- Teacher: Jeff Cooper
Building upon BMT-101 this course extends the exposure to and study in detail of the most common biomedical instruments. Investigation is focused on the individual instrument classes, instrument use in practice, and instrument service technique. General practice topics and instrument specific topics are studied. Some biomedical instruments may involve off-campus locations.
This course will introduce the student to the fundamentals of sensor
systems typically used in biomedical equipment found in a clinical
and/or home health care setting. Starting with an introduction to the
non-invasive sensors used to obtain classic vital signs (i.e.
temperature, blood pressure, and respitory rate) and pulse oximeters for
blood-oxygen level, the course precedes to answer the question of how
these sensors are electronically interfaced to recording and display
equipment. Next, sensors used to to monitor the electrical activity of
the heart, brain, and skeletal muscle systems are examined (i.e. EKG,
EEG, and EMG) with emphasis again given to the interface of the physical
sensors to the electronics of recording equipment. Newly emerging,
acceleration, pressure, magnetic, and touch sensors are studied in the
context of medical sensing for a variety of functions including home
health care. Again, the interface technologies (i.e. I2 C and serial
peripheral interface, SPI, bus) used for this new class of sensors is
studied. Invasive imaging devices used for endoscopy are examined next
with attention given to the fiber-optics and CMOS active-pixel sensor
technology employed. An overview of the theory and operation of
standard imaging devices (i.e. X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, CT, PET, and
PET-CTor PET-MRI) is given with particular attention paid to the
networking of these devices. Students are introduced to basic test and
measurement equipment used in this field and the fundamentals of sensor
system operation evaluation.
- Teacher: Jeff Cooper