Biomedical engineering programs
Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Victoria spans the disciplines of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering programs, including study of human anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. The program's broad aspect prepares BME graduates to work with the biomedical community of biologists, medical professionals and engineers. As with all UVic engineering programs there is a mandatory co-operative studies portion. This allows students to develop innovative technologies to improve healthcare quality. Students are exposed to various areas of specialization existing for BME graduates like bioinstrumentation, biomechanics, biomaterials, prosthetics, orthotics and medical imaging through technical projects, coops, honors theses and technically based student groups. Various medical topics, including cancer research, is supported by each of these specializations in unique ways.
- Bioinstrumentation is the application of electronics and measurement principles and techniques to develop devices used in diagnosis and treatment of disease.
- Biomechanics is the mechanics applied to biological and medical problems. It includes the study of motion, material deformation, flow within the body and in devices, and chemical constituent transport across biological and synthetic media and membranes.
- Biomaterials requires understanding living material properties and describes both living tissue and materials used for implantation.
- Prosthetists and orthotists rehabilitate patients by designing and fitting artificial limbs (prostheses) and surgical appliances (orthoses) using a knowledge of anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and engineered materials.
- Medical Imaging is the visualization of body parts, tissues, or organs, for use in clinical diagnosis, treatment and disease monitoring. Imaging techniques encompass the fields of radiology, nuclear medicine, optical imaging and image-guided intervention.