The basic biomedical engineering concepts introduced in ENGS 56 will serve as the
foundation for exploring technology in a clinical environment. The specific clinical
setting to be explored will be the operating room (OR). This course will introduce
a variety of surgical procedures and technologies from an engineering perspective.
Areas of focus will include patient monitoring, biophysical tissue properties, general
surgical instrumentation, tissue cutting and binding technologies, and optical visualization
technologies. In addition, state-of-the-art procedures employing image-guided,
minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and robot-assisted surgical technologies will be
discussed. The first half of the term will include weekly seminars presented by surgeons
describing a particular surgical procedure, the technologies currently used and a
surgeon’s “wish-list”. During the second half of the term, students will undertake a
design project aimed at developing a technology that addresses a specific need within
the OR. Enrollment is limited to 18 students.
ENGS 23 and ENGS 56 or equivalent