University of Wisconsin Madison
Medical Instrumentation (B M E 462) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    select and properly use the optimal instrument for measuring medical variables.
  • 2
    select and properly use the optimal instrument for measurement in biological research.
  • 3
    search for, select, organize, and present information related to medical instrumentation.
  • 4
    design and create advanced instrumentation for measurement of medical variables and in biological research.
Medical Instrumentation
B M E 462 ( 3 Credits )
Design and application of electrodes, biopotential amplifiers, biosensors, therapeutic devices. Medical imaging. Electrical safety. Measurement of ventilation, blood pressure and flow. Lecture and lab.
ECE 342 or cons inst
College: College of Engineering
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Course Coordinator
Text book, title, author, and year
Medical instrumentation application and design; J. G. Webster; 4th; 2010
Supplemental Materials
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective
ABET Program Outcomes Associated with this Course
Program Specific Student Outcomes
(1) Understanding of biology and physiology as related to biomedical engineering needs.
(2) Ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), sciences, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology and to model biological systems
(3) Ability to design and conduct experiments, including making measurements and interpreting experimental data from living systems and addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living systems and non-living materials and systems
Brief List of Topics to be Covered

Topics covered:

  • Lecture topics Designing medical instruments
  • Displacement sensors
  • Temperature and optical sensors
  • Amplifiers and signal processing
  • Cell, nerve, and muscle potentials
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Electrode polarization
  • Surface electrodes
  • Electrocardiograph
  • Power line interference
  • Blood pressure sensors
  • Heart sound sensors
  • Blood flowmeters
  • Impedance plethysmography
  • Respiratory pressure and flow
  • Respiratory gas concentration
  • Blood-gas sensors
  • Noninvasive blood-gas sensors
  • Clinical laboratory measurements
  • Radiography, MRI
  • Ultrasonic imaging
  • Pacemakers and defibrillators
  • Cardiac assist devices
  • Electroshock hazards
  • Electroshock protection

Laboratory experiments complement the lectures.

Students are graded on homework, exams, laboratory reports, and one (1500 to 2000 words) literature review paper.  Feedback is provided throughout various stages of the paper assignment.

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