Biomedical Imaging and Emerging Technologies
Unit code: HET408
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Duration||1 Semester/Teaching Period|
|Contact hours||58 hours|
A unit of study in the Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering), Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences)/Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Computer Systems), Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics and Computer Systems)/ Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Sciences) and Bachelor of Science (Medical Biophysics) programs.
Aims and objectivesTo gain a solid theoretical understanding of major imaging modalities currently used in clinical and biomedical research settings, together with a review of new technology and its possible applications to medicine.
- Biomedical imaging: image reconstructions from projections, diagnostic ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound, projection radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), spatially localised spectroscopy, radioisotope imaging, gamma scintigraphy, emission computed tomography, miscellaneous imaging modalities.
- General aspects of image display.
- Laser scanning confocal microscopy: multiphoton imaging nanotechnology.
- Fabrication methods including excimer laser.
- Physical properties of biological materials: visco-elastic properties.
- Methods of static and dynamic testing of bone, skin, muscle, arteries etc.
- Cell-cell adhesion, CAMs, adhesion to non living materials.
- Power sources for implantable medical devices: packaging, battery life and power density.
- Examples of biocompatible materials: woven fabrics, PMMA, ceramics, fibres, metals. Electrode materials.
- Examples of devices: cochlear implant, glucose sensors, optical and membrane-based biosensors, implantable pumps operated by feedback.
- Rehabilitation technology: gait analysis.