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Biomedical engineering is the study and application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field. It is concerned with the development and manufacture of prostheses, medical devices, diagnostic devices, drugs and other therapies.

education Updated: Nov 03, 2011 16:39 IST

The lowdown

Biomedical engineering is the study and application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field. It is concerned with the development and manufacture of prostheses, medical devices, diagnostic devices, drugs and other therapies. This field encompasses bio-instrumentation, bio-materials, bio-mechanics, medical imaging, genetic engineering, cellular and tissue engineering. Biomedical engineers have to be experts in engineering, biological and medical sciences. They can also design and develop devices and systems ranging from cardiac monitors to clinical computers



Clockwork

9am: Report for work


9.30am: Check MRI scanner for glitches


10.30am: Call manufacturer to discuss the problem


11am: Hospital rounds


1pm: Lunch


1.30pm: Discuss MRI scanner problem with the technician sent by manufacturer


3.30pm: Meeting senior doctors to discuss new equipment


4pm: Visit factory on the city outskirts to check new equipment


8pm: Leave for home



The payoff

The salary structure depends on the designation, in general, a biomedical engineer’s annual income ranges from Rs2 lakh to Rs2.5 lakh a year. Promotions depend on your experience, skill and quality, and capability to manage assets



Skills/TRAITS

* Good diagnostic and analytical skills


* Patience and good public relations skills to cater to customer needs (both internal and external)



Getting there

After completing Class 12 in the science stream, couple it up with BE in biomedical engineering, or do a BE in any branch of engineering and do a PG course in biomedical engineering. Alternatively, one can go in for a PG course in medical technology, which is considered equivalent to a PG course in biomedical engineering. One could also take it up after an MBBS degree coupling it with a PG degree in biomedical engineering/ and medical technology



Institutes and URLs

* All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi

www.aiims.ac.in


* Jadavpur University, Kolkata

www.jadavpur.edu


* Panjab University, Chandigarh

www.puchd.ac.in



Pros and cons

* It is interesting to apply principles of engineering and medical sciences


* Works with path breaking technology


* Some health hazards attached