Biomedical Engineering is a branch of engineering sciences which focuses in the design and development of engineering approaches for medical problems. The Department of Biomedical Engineering comprises an interdisciplinary syllabus including the medical sciences besides the fundamental principles of the engineering branches like electrical-electronics, computer science, industrial and mechanical engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.
The main aim of Biomedical Engineering is to propose engineering approaches to the problems encountered in medicine, dentistry, pharmaceutics, veterinary medicine, biology, and life sciences. The proposed approaches based on the fundamentals and principles of physics, mathematics, and engineering sciences constitute a base to develop innovative method, algorithm, device and software for diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Parallel to the innovations and emerging technologies in engineering, Biomedical Engineering deals with the design and development of methods and devices, and requires qualified personnel to maintain the calibration and maintenance of those medical devices and developed systems.
Working Areas of Biomedical Engineers:
Biomedical Engineers work together with other medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, technicians, and therapists. The working area of Biomedical Engineers spread over a wide range, from devices, software design, and information gathering from many technical sources to develop new procedures, up to clinical researches in order to solve the problems.
Nowadays, approximately twenty thousand different types of biomedical devices and systems are used at hospitals. The numbers of biomedical devices and systems in our country on the other hand, have been increased by seven times in the last twenty years. The need for staff, who have technical and scientific knowledge, carry out the attempts to design and improve the biomedical systems, and take part in their efficient uses, is increasing with each day.
Additionally, hospitals affiliated to Ministry of Health with the capacity of 200 beds and more and private hospitals with 100 and more beds are required to employ at least 1 biomedical engineer in Turkey. Under these circumstances it is obvious that the need for biomedical engineers is increasing day by day.
Based on this information, business area of Biomedical Engineers can be defined as below:
- Clinical engineers and biomedical engineers provide medical instrument and medical technology needs of public and private healthcare organizations (hospitals, diagnostic and treatment centers, etc.) and/or conduct planning and feasibility studies for the infrastructure of these medical technologies. They play an important role in making right decisions about instrument and technology investments for requirements and capacities of healthcare organizations.
- To establish the coordination of the periodic maintenance and repair services of the medical instruments possessed by State Healthcare Institutions or Private Healthcare Institutions (e.g. hospitals, Diagnosis or Therapy Centers) as a Biomedical Engineer or Clinical Engineer.
- To be involved in the production process of the medical instruments as a design engineer, quality-control engineer etc. within the companies manufacturing these instruments.
- To have a duty as a support engineer in the after sales support departments of the institutions supplying medical instruments, materials and equipment.
- To have a duty as a sales engineer in the sales and marketing processes of the medical instruments in the institutions supplying medical instruments, materials and equipments.
- To have a duty in the institutions executing the supervision of the medical instruments and the related infrastructure and planning the investments concerning these instruments and the related infrastructure utilized either by State Healthcare Institutions or Private Healthcare Institutions and to conduct activities calibration and simulation of these systems.