The biomedical engineering industry is an increasingly important high-tech area worldwide and especially in Finland the HealthTech sector of industry has emerged as the most importat high tech exprt sector (see http://www.finnishhealthtech.fi/). Students majoring in Biomedical Engineering learn how to combine advanced engineering design and problem solving skills to medical and biological sciences and clinical applications. Biomedical engineers can make their career e.g., in industry, academic institutions, hospitals, or governmental institutions.
Biomedical Engineering is a broad field. In the BME major at TUT, the students can focus either on bioinstrumentation or medical physics. These areas explore how the human physiological systems and their functions can be measured, imaged, treated or augmented from the level of molecules to organ systems, how new technologies are commercialized, and how innovative products and methods are developed to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and improve people's health.
Our curriculum gains great benefit from the multidisciplinary research and education at BioMediTech Institute of Biosciences and Medical Technology in Tampere (http://www.biomeditech.fi/). Students have a large freedom to select their minor subject. Minors related to biomedical engineering include biomaterials, biomeasurements, computational biology, health informatics, and tissue engineering. In addition, BioMediTech offers minors in the field of cell and molecule biology and bioinformatics.
Bioinstrumentation focuses on the design of complex bioinstrumention systems, and require a broad understanding of the underlying biological and physiological systems and how to interface with the human body. Such interfaces include biosensors and -imagers, bioelectronics, biomaterials, biomedical microsystems and bioMEMS. Other essential themes are bioinstrumentation design, the recording and analysis of biosignals and bioimaging, and the development of medical devices including the commercialization of the devices.
Courses on bioinstrumentation include the following topics:
• Bio- and microsensors
• Cellular interactions
• Medical electronics
• Physiological measurements
• System modelling
The field of medical physics applies the laws of physics to study the effects of various fields to biological tissues. Based on this knowledge, it is possible to understand the information content of medical imaging methods and the different treatment methods of diseases. With medical physics focus you gain also special expertise towards careers also as Hospital Physicists.
Courses on medical physics include the following topics:
• Radiation physics
• Medical imaging methods
• Methods of radiotherapy
• Medical image processing
• Laser physics