ECE 414
Biomedical Instrumentation

Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
B LEC 1100 - 1150 M W F   1310 Digital Computer Lab  Marcia Pool
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Official Description Course Information: Same as BIOE 414. See BIOE 414.
Subject Area Biomedical Imaging, Bioengineering, and Acoustics
Course Prerequisites Credit in ECE 205 or ECE 210
Course Directors Kenneth Gentry
Detailed Description and Outline

The goal of the course is to teach students about the principles, applications and design of medical instrumentation.


  • Basic concepts of medical and clinical instrumentation
  • Basic concepts of medical diagnosis and statistical analysis
  • Biopotentials, biosensors, and amplifiers
  • Action potentials, EMG, EEG, EOG, ECG, and average evoked potentials
  • Electrical safety: how and why accidents happen. Injury mechanisms.
  • Basic concepts of diagnostic ultrasound, plain x-ray, CT, MRI, PET, and SPECT
  • Cardiac rhythm interpretation with relationship to defibrillation and pacing
  • Tests used in medical care and research: cardiovascular, imaging, and blood analysis
  • Blood flow measurement by ultrasound, laser, and electromagnetic methods

Same as BIOE 414.

Computer Usage
  • Finding medical, biological, and engineering information on the internet and elsewhere will be discussed.
  • Reading assignments from literature obtainable through the internet will be assigned, in addition to the main text.
Topical Prerequisities
  • Basic Circuit theory
  • Differential equations
  • Basic time/frequency domain concepts
Webster, Biomedical Instrumentation, Wiley, 2004.

Dubin, Rapid Interpretation of EKGs, Cover Publishing, 2000.

Khandpur, Biomedical Instrumentaion, McGraw Hill, 2005.

ABET Category
Engineering Science: 1 credit
Engineering Design: 2 credits
Last updated: 2/13/2013