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ELEC6227 Medical Electrical and Electronic Technologies

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to provide an in-depth understanding, appropriate to an engineer, of medical technologies for clinical applications and an understanding of the electrical hazards to human health.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Human anatomy and physiology (appropriate to an engineer)
  • Physical/electrical properties of human tissues and organs including their biological function
  • Electrical and electronic methods for biomolecular and cellular based analytical and diagnostic applications
  • Physiological measurement
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Regulation, standardisation of medical technologies and requirements for bringing new technologies to market.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The application and operation of medical imaging systems, monitoring and in vivo sensing systems, drug delivery
  • Health related hazards of electrical and electronic devices, nature and approaches taken for hazard management

Syllabus

Anatomy - Anatomical terminology - Structural level of the human body - Muscular, skeletal, nervous, cardio-vascular, respiratory systems Physiological instrumentation - Measurement systems - Biopotentials (to include ECG, EMG, EEG and neurostimulation methods) - Cardiovascular instrumentation (to include pacemakers, pressure, dissolved gas measurement) - Biosensing approaches related to remote and intelligent sensing (including evolving technologies i.e. drug delivery, diabetic monitoring, epilepsy and pain management) - Neurological processes, measurement and stimulation - Brain function and memory Imaging technology - X-Ray, gamma camera - Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging - Ultrasound imaging, including doppler ultrasound Bioanalysis, diagnostic methods - Electrophoresis, isoelectric focussing as applied to genomic and proteomic applications - Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging as applied to metabolomics applications - Biophotonic methods for analysis and imaging - Overview of urine, blood and tissue based clinical diagnostic tests Biohazards of electrical and electronic devices and related technology - Electrical safety, particularly for medical applications - Electrical environmental hazards and methods for managing these - Radiation hazards Sources of information and regulations with regard to medical devices - Reports and investigations with respect to electrical/electronic technology on human health aspects - Patent, academic and other research sources for medical technologies - Regulations, standards, and approaches for taking devices from the research lab to the clinic

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Lecture24
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Follow-up work12
Completion of assessment task55
Tutorial12
Wider reading or practice35
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Prutchi, D., Norris, M., (2004). Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation: A Practical Perspective of the Design, Construction, and Test of Medical Devices. 

Enderle, John D (2012). Introduction to biomedical engineering San Diego Academic Press. 

Bushberg, J.T., Seibert, J.A., Boone, J.M., Leidholdt, E.M. (2000). The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging. 

Jennings, D, Flint, A, Turton, BCH, Nokes LDM (1995). Introduction to Medical Electronics Applications. 

Ellis, H., Logan, B.M., Dixon, A.K (2001). Human Sectional Anatomy: Pocket Atlas of Body Sections, CT and MRI Images. 

Brown, B. H (1999). Medical physics and biomedical engineering. 

Webster, John G. (2010). Medical instrumentation : Application and Design. 

Staff requirements (including teaching assistants and demonstrators). 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Report 33.333%
Report 33.333%
Report 33.334%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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