Sunday, February 15, 2009

Disciplines in biomedical engineering

Biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary field, influenced by various fields and sources. Due to the extreme diversity, it is typical for a biomedical engineer to focus on a particular emphasis within this field. There are many different taxonomic breakdowns of BME, one such listing defines the aspects of the field as such:[1]
Bioelectrical and neural engineering
Biomedical imaging and biomedical optics
Biomechanics and biotransport
Biomedical devices and instrumentation
Molecular, cellular and tissue engineering
Systems and integrative engineering
In other cases, disciplines within BME are broken down based on the closest association to another, more established engineering field, which typically include:
Chemical engineering - often associated with biochemical, cellular, molecular and tissue engineering, biomaterials, and biotransport.
Electrical engineering - often associated with bioelectrical and neural engineering, bioinstrumentation, biomedical imaging, and medical devices.
Mechanical engineering - often associated with biomechanics, biotransport, medical devices, and modeling of biological systems.
Optics and Optical engineering - biomedical optics, imaging and medical devices.

1 comment:

  1. Does this mean biomedical engineers can work as chemical engineers too??