Introducing the Department

Biomedical Engineering can be defined as the development of new techniques and methods for diagnosis and treatment using the engineering techniques and knowledge, supporting and replacing defective body parts when necessary.

Biomedical Engineering is an interdisciplinary subject that began to flourish in the early 1950s and developed rapidly after 1970. The fact that the subject is comprehensive, health-related and related to various disciplines has attracted the attention of experts in various fields and this has enabled the rapid development of the subject. Throughout its development, various definition debates have been made, and in a report published in 1971, the National Academy of Engineering determined the nature of the subject and divided it into three main branches:

  1. Bioengineering: Applying engineering techniques and opinions to the recognition of biological systems and the development of medical applications;
  2. Medical Engineering: The use of engineering techniques and opinions in the development of devices, materials, diagnostic and treatment devices, artificial organs and other devices used in biology and medicine;
  3. Clinical Engineering: Applying engineering ideas, methods and techniques to improve health care within various organizations (universities, hospitals, government and industry, etc.).

Tıp Elektroniği, Prof.Dr. Ertuğrul YAZGAN, Assoc.Prof.Dr. Mehmet KORÜREK, Istanbul: ITU, 1996, p. 1.2, ISBN 975-561-073-1.

A Biomedical Engineer,
  • Applies engineering technical vision and management skills in the development and improvement of biomedical technology products used in health service delivery.
  • Works as a technical expert in technical specification preparation, service performance, inspection and acceptance departments of procurement processes such as maintenance, repair and calibration of medical devices and biomedical technical services.
  • Provides technical information support in medical device, goods and service procurement commissions by making technical performance and financial evaluations of medical devices.
  • Informs the health personnel about the safe and efficient use of medical devices, gives training and takes the necessary precautions.
  • Ensures the creation, updating and traceability of inventory records of biomedical technology medical devices within the health facility.
  • Ensures that criteria related to biomedical engineering and medical technology management are operated in accordance with the legislation in digital hospital management, efficiency, quality and accreditation processes.
  • Ensures the traceability of the active working times of the biomedical technology medical devices in the health facilities and provides information support as a technical expert in the disposal processes of the equipment that has completed its economic life, separating it into scrap, debris and run-down.
  • Plans and performs or ensures the realization of technical operations such as periodic maintenance, repair, calibration, installation, disassembly and transportation of medical devices.

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