An Introductory Survey of Biomedical Engineering

Edited by Michael R. Neuman

© 2017 – CRC Press

450 pages | 100 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781439815786
pub: 2017-01-15

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About the Book

Written to meet the needs of sophomore students in biomedical engineering courses, this textbook covers the span of biomedical engineering from the basic life sciences to practical clinical applications. Primary consideration is given to biomaterials, biomechanics, instrumentation, imaging, and clinical biomedical engineering, but other topics are discussed as well. It offers many illustrations and graphics within the chapters to clarify concepts and facts. Sidebar descriptions of biomedical engineering careers related to the text section are provided as well. This textbook also includes many homework and discussion problems. A solutions manual is provided as well, upon qualification.

Table of Contents

Prologue (Introduction)

What is BME?

Subfields of BME

Types of careers in BME

Places of employment in BME

Training of Biomedical Engineers

Information sources for biomedical engineering

Ethics in biomedical engineering

Introductory biology for biomedical engineers

Modern biology

Molecular biology

Cellular biology

Tissue biology


Sidebar: ethics in modern biology

Physiological modeling

Definition of a physiological model

Model complexity

Model types

Process of modeling

Example of arterial compliance

Example of drug in cardiovascular system

Finite element model


Biomaterials defined

Material properties

Tissue response to foreign materials

Regulatory and ethical issues

Selection of implant materials

Sidebar: Career examples in biomaterials

Sidebar: ethics in biomaterials - silicone breast implants

Tissue engineering - regenerative medicine

Definition of tissue engineering

Internal and extra corporeal engineered organs

Growing replacement tissues and organs

Problems of scale

Still in the research stage

Examples currently being developed

Sidebar: Career examples in tissue engineering


Definition of biomechanics

Musculoskeletal system

Review of Newton's laws of motion

Musculoskeletal statics

Musculoskeletal dynamics

Strength of biological materials


Human motion analysis - the gait laboratory

Sidebar: Career examples in biomechanics

Sidebar: Ethical case in biomechanics

Artificial organs


Example of an external device - artificial kidney

Example of an internal device - cardiac assist device

Significant problems to be overcome with artificial organs

Sidebar: Career examples in artificial organs

Sidebar: Ethical decisions in artificial organs - who gets the device?


Fundamental medical instrumentation system

Measurement fundamentals

Sensors and transducers

Signal processing

Wireless transmission

Data display and storage

Examples of instrumentation systems

Sidebar: Career examples in biomedical instrumentation

Sidebar: Ethics in bioinstrumentation - health monitoring and invasion of privacy

Medical imaging




Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Nuclear medicine imaging

Risks of imaging devices

Filmless radiology

Molecular imaging

Sidebar: Career examples in medical imaging

Sidebar: Ethics in medical imaging

Biomedical computing

Application of computing technology to clinical medicine

Medical informatics

Picture (image) archiving technology

Computerized interpretation of medical data

Career examples in biomedical computing (sidebar)

Biomedical engineering in the clinic

Special roles for biomedical engineers in the hospital

Clinical engineering

Rehabilitation engineering

Sidebar: Career examples for biomedical engineers in the clinic

Sidebar: Ethics in clinical medicine - therapeutic value versus safety


Biomedical engineering is a broad, interdisciplinary field

Increasing opportunities for employment and economic growth

Engineering and technology offer opportunities for new, quantitative understanding of fundamental life science and disease as well as treatment of disease

Biomedical engineer must, as the physician, do no harm

Biomedical engineering is an exciting frontier in biology, medicine and engineering

About the Editor

Michael Neuman, Ph.D., MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, in Houghton.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Molecular Biology