Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals
Biomedical engineering is now an important vital interdisciplinary field. Biomedical engineers are involved in virtually all aspects of developing new medical technology. They are involved in the design, development, and utilization of materials, devices (such as pacemakers, lithotripsy, etc.) and tech- niques (such as signal processing, artificial intelligence, etc.) for clinical research and use; and serve as members of the healthcare delivery team (clinical engineering, medical informatics, rehabilita- tion engineering, etc.) seeking new solutions for difficult healthcare problems confronting our society. To meet the needs of this diverse body of biomedical engineers, this handbook provides a central core of knowledge in those fields encompassed by the discipline. However, before presenting this detailed information, it is important to provide a sense of the evolution of the modern healthcare system and identify the diverse activities biomedical engineers perform to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.