Engineering has been an essential collaborator in biological research and breakthroughs in biology are often enabled by technological advances. Decoding the double helix structure of DNA, for example, only became possible after significant advances in such technologies as X-ray diffraction and gel electrophoresis. Diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis improved as new technologies―including the stethoscope, the microscope, and the X-ray―developed. These engineering breakthroughs take place away from the biology lab, and many years may elapse before the technology becomes available to biologists. In this book, David Lee argues for concurrent engineering―the convergence of engineering and biological research―as a means to accelerate the pace of biological discovery and its application to diagnosis and treatment. He presents extensive case studies and introduces a metric to measure the time between technological development and biological discovery.
Investigating a series of major biological discoveries that range from pasteurization to electron microscopy, Lee finds that it took an average of forty years for the necessary technology to become available for laboratory use. Lee calls for new approaches to research and funding to encourage a tighter, more collaborative coupling of engineering and biology. Only then, he argues, will we see the rapid advances in the life sciences that are critically needed for life-saving diagnosis and treatment.
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Addressing the exploding interest in bioengineering for healthcare applications, this book provides readers with detailed yet easy-to-understand guidance on biomedical device engineering. Written by prominent physicians and engineers, Medical Devices: Surgical and Image-Guided Technologies is organized into stand-alone chapters covering devices and systems in diagnostic, surgical, and implant procedures.
Assuming only basic background in math and science, the authors clearly explain the fundamentals for different systems along with such topics as engineering considerations, therapeutic techniques and applications, future trends, and more. After describing how to manage a design project for medical devices, the book examines the following:
• Instruments for laparoscopic and ophthalmic surgery, plus surgical robotics
• Catheters in vascular therapy and energy-based hemostatic surgical devices
• Tissue ablation systems and the varied uses of lasers in medicine
• Vascular and cardiovascular devices, plus circulatory support devices
• Ultrasound transducers, X-ray imaging, and neuronavigation
An absolute must for biomedical engineers, Medical Devices: Surgical and Image-Guided Technologies is also an invaluable guide for students in all engineering majors and pre-med programs interested in exploring this fascinating field.
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Examination of the teeth and their supporting structures is today unthinkable without the use of radiological methods. This book provides numerous problem-solving tips covering the basics of obtaining X-rays of the teeth, quality control, image processing, radiological anatomy, and radiological diagnosis. Quick access to information, easy learning, and efficient acquisition of knowledge make this book a very practical tool for day-to-day work. Didactic concept: The classic Thieme Flexi format, with concise text on the left and excellent illustrations on the right hand page of more than 150 double page spreads. Emphasis is placed on: – examination techniques, radiation safety, quality control – conventional and digital imaging modalities – radiological anatomy, solving problems of localization – adjunct examinations with CT, MR imaging, and others.
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