- Improve Human Health: Integrating engineering, biology, chemistry, physics and medicine.
- Use engineering techniques: To better understand normal physiology and disease.
- Design devices: To treat and diagnose diseases.
The biomedical engineer is a health care professional. This group includes physicians, nurses, and technicians. Biomedical engineers may be called upon to: design instruments and devices, bring together knowledge from many sources, develop new procedures, do research/acquire knowledge needed to solve new problems
Areas of Biomedical Engineering
Most important areas are:
Biomedical imaging, Biosensors and instrumentation, Biomechanics, Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, Biosystems engineering and physiology, Molecular and cellular engineering
Research Concentration Areas
Pervasive Health Laboratory. Example: Improving respiratory Health Care
Biomedical Signal/Image Processing. Example: Breast cancer detection
Rehabilitation and Human Factors Engineering. Example: Gait analysis
Health Care Delivery in Low Resource Settings. Example: Point of care HIV Diagnostic Technology