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An Introduction to Biomedical Engineering

Submitted by on June 14, 2013 – 11:51 PM

AA045365People often forget the exact term ‘biomedical engineering’ and refer to it as ‘biomedicine’, or ‘biotechnology’. Then, there’s a very common question, “Oh, you’re doing biomedical engineering, then you don’t have mathematics”. How is it possible not to have mathematics in any field of engineering? Talking about our country, many people aren’t familiar with this field, as many universities don’t offer courses in this field except for a few engineering universities. But in the past few years, many medical universities have started this program.


Simply defining, biomedical engineering is basically the field in which engineering skills are applied to medicine and biology. When that happens, we see a combination of designing and problem solving by means of which different techniques and machinery are developed for healthcare purposes. Also, the main objective is the improvement of healthcare, which includes all sorts of treatments. The work of a biomedical engineer in a hospital is the proper maintenance of the medical technology, keeping it safe and, thus, providing the necessary information to the people who are managing that hospital.


This is just a small introduction of what a biomedical engineer does in a hospital. The undergraduate program of biomedical engineering covers both the teachings of engineering and biology. Talking about the differences between biomedical engineering and other biological sciences, the terms biomedical engineering and biotechnology are often used interchangeably.


Biotechnology produces such things through different processes which are for different purposes. Such techniques and applications are conducted by means of which the derivatives of living organisms are extracted for different purposes. The process of manufacturing products like bread and cheese by fermentation falls within the job circle of a biotechnologist. Biotechnology depends upon natural sciences.


There is a point where both the sciences overlap, but still they have their own characteristics, as biotechnology covers a broader scope by covering all forms of life sciences. Biomedical engineering, on the other hand, works on the principles of biology and engineering.



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