1st Edition

Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

    Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering provides broad coverage appropriate for senior undergraduates and graduates in medical physics and biomedical engineering. Divided into two parts, the first part presents the underlying physics, electronics, anatomy, and physiology and the second part addresses practical applications. The structured approach means that later chapters build and broaden the material introduced in the opening chapters; for example, students can read chapters covering the introductory science of an area and then study the practical application of the topic. Coverage includes biomechanics; ionizing and nonionizing radiation and measurements; image formation techniques, processing, and analysis; safety issues; biomedical devices; mathematical and statistical techniques; physiological signals and responses; and respiratory and cardiovascular function and measurement. Where necessary, the authors provide references to the mathematical background and keep detailed derivations to a minimum. They give comprehensive references to junior undergraduate texts in physics, electronics, and life sciences in the bibliographies at the end of each chapter.

    Biomechanics. Biofluid mechanics. Physics of the senses. Biocompatilibity and tissue damage. Ionising radiation dose and exposure: measurements, standards and protection. Radioisotopes and nuclear medicine. Ultrasound. Nonionising electromagnetic radiation: tissue absorption and safety issues. Gaining access to physiological signals. Evoked responses. Image formation. Image production. Mathematical and statistical techniques. Image processing and analysis. Audiology. Electrophysiology. Respiratory function. Pressure measurement. Blood flow measurement. Biomechanical measurements. Ionising radiation: radiotherapy. Safety critical systems and engineering design: cardiac and blood related devices. Bibliography. Index.


    Brown, B.H; Smallwood, R.H; Barber, D.C.; Lawford, P.V; Hose, D.R

    “I am impressed by the range and quality of topics covered.”
    —Dr. P.H. Chappell, University of Southampton, UK

    “… if a general reference covering the broad area of medical physics and biomedical engineering is required, then this is the book to buy.”