Biomedical engineers: When you visited a hospital for some or other medical condition, you might have come across some highly sophisticated, expensive and technology based instruments like CT-scan, ECG (electro-cardiograph), EEG (electroencephalograph), X-ray, laparoscopic, dialysis setups etc. These all are inventions and creations of highly skilled biomedical engineers to cater for better and effective medical diagnosis, surgery and other purposes. These biomedical engineers also produce substitutes like rods for bone support in case of severe fractures, heat pads and other support pads for back ache, neck etc.
These biomedical engineers are even in efforts to create robots for surgery, targeted drug delivery for localized body tumors or cancer, artificial blood, artificial heart etc. With the increase in demand for health care, there is equivalent growth and demand for biomedical engineering.
Biomedical engineering, as the name indicates is a multidisciplinary subjects which is good demand in present scenario. It has good prospects in terms of studies, research, jobs both in government sector and industries. The syllabus and course structure and syllabus are also interesting as they are more advanced and knowledgeable. It is one of the few engineering branches coupled to medicine so a person with interests in technology and medicine can suit very well to the subject. He can use engineering knowledge to apply on body structure and physiology in beneficial way.
Biomedical engineering course:
Biomedical engineering programs are offered as higher education at various stages like for graduation level B.Tech then M.Tech and even further PhD as doctoral degree. There are also other graduation and masters courses like biomedical sciences like B.Sc and M.Sc in biomedical sciences. Many universities have Biomedical engineering schools and colleges
Biomedical engineering syllabus:
The syllabus of biomedical engineers education is so designed that they receive all basic engineering subjects at first like mechanics, computer sciences, instrumentation, processes etc. These are then elevated to next level to be linked in a way to benefit biology and medicine. So subjects in biomedical engineering are
- biomedical instrumentation.
- robotics engineering
- Computer science etc.
For higher studies like M.Tech in biomedical engineering, masters in biomedical engineering or PhD in biomedical engineering one can obtain deeper knowledge in bio-materials, robotics, image processing etc.
Some examples of application of biomedical engineers in medicine and research include
♣ Provision of biomedical instrumentation as diagnostic aids like CT-scan, ECG, x-ray etc. for easy and effective diagnosis.
♣ Use of robots for drug delivery, for surgery etc.
♣ Making of organ substitutes like bones, tissues, teeth etc from bio-compatible materials.
♣ In research, many instruments like HPLC, HPTLC, NMR, UV, stereotxic instrument, microscope, Elisa plate readers etc
Biomedical engineering jobs:
Biomedical engineers have a good scope for jobs and employment nationally and internationally. There is always a demand and surge of new biomedical companies is seen. In India this field is emerging fast and there are good scope of jobs for those with biomedical engineering degree even in government sectors like research, teaching or academics etc. The biomedical engineer salary is also quite high depending on the level of education, experience and also the biomedical companies.
Biomedical engineering scope: This field has good contribution to society in terms of health, research etc. Even the economy prospects are good due to emergence of companies and since many of these are directly related to health care, the monetary benefits are high and provide good employment opportunities. The job are assured with security and good salaries as they are of technically skilled nature and are linked with health care supply.