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F7ABBSM - Sensors in Medicine

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F7ABBSM Z,ZK 4 2P+2L English
David Vrba (guarantor)
David Vrba (guarantor), Marek Piorecký, Jana Štěpanovská
Department of Biomedical Technology

This subject provides information about basic electronic devices - sensors, describes their operation principle, basic circuit configuration and application. The stress is aid mainly on clarifying of basic principles and practical utilization. Integral part of this course is basic information about sensors of non-electric quantities and their read-out circuits eg. strain related sensors (force, pressure, torque, vibration, displacement, acceleration etc.) magnetic field sensors, temperature sensors, chemical sensors, optical sensors and biosensors. The stress is aid on miniaturization, integration


Credit conditions: To obtain the credit, one absence is allowed, other absences are excused only by confirmation from the doctor and the student must replace the measurement. The student must be properly prepared for the exercise, which includes written preparation, including tables in the work diary. The output of each measurement is the processed values, which must be commented and discussed. These results must be presented to the teacher at the end of the lesson. The student is obliged to submit one excellent elaborated protocol according to the new model.

Requirements for the exam: The exam will take the form of a test, from the material that was discussed in lectures and seminars. The test will be written and will include questions with offered answers, of which only one is always correct.

Entry requirements of the course:

Successful completion of the course Theoretical Electrical Engineering

Output knowledge, skills, abilities and competences:

Students will get acquainted with the basic functions, principles of operation, construction, signal evaluation, replacement models, materials of basic types of sensors so that they are ready for their application in medical devices.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Sensors, microsensors and microsystems - introduction to basic concepts, meaning and medical applications

2. Sensor parameters - static, dynamic, environment, methods and connections for error reduction

3. Capacitive sensors - sensors of physical and chemical quantities, capacitive pressure sensors (principle of operation, construction, signal evaluation, application )

4. Sensors with magnetic circuits (inductances) - Inductive, inductive

5. Magnetic field sensors - magnetoresistor, Hall probe, magnetodiode, magnetotransistor, SQUID

6. Piezoresistive phenomenon - strain gauges, piezoresistive pressure sensors

7. Piezoelectric effect - sensors with piezoelectric principle, piezoelectric pressure sensors

8. Temperature sensors - metal, semiconductor, resistive, with pn junction, with | MOS structure, integrated, cryogenic, special, contactless

9. Accelerometers, gyroscopes

10. Flow sensors, level

11. Sensors of chemical and biochemical quantities

12. Nanosensors and nanomaterials - graphene, etc., perspectives

13. BAN and Internet of Things (IoT) sensor networks

14. Intelligent (SMART) sensors, sensor power supply

Note: information is given on the principles of operation, dependencies, evaluation electronic circuits, medical and other applications. Attention in all lectures is focused on the principle of operation, construction, signal evaluation, replacement models, which are used to fully describe the real properties of the component.

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Introduction, work safety, measuring instruments, connection of symmetrical source.

2. Basic functions of infrared sensors.

3. Use of accelerometers for measuring tilt and vibration.

4. Measurement of basic physiological properties of human sight and hearing.

5. Photometry - lighting level measurement.

6. Sensors for position measurement - LVDT, basic principles of fluid flow rate measurement.

7. Design and implementation of a strain gauge bending sensor

8. Design and implementation of strain gauge evaluation circuits

9. Force measurement using strain gauges.

10. Design and implementation of a simple temperature sensor

11. Measurement of position and speed of rotation using Hall probe.

12. Ultrasonic sensors for echolocation.

13. Sensors for measuring blood pressure.

14. Checking scripts, substitute measurements, granting credits.

Study Objective:

Identification of basic types and functions of electronic sensors used in medial diagnostics and instrumentation.

Study materials:

compulsory literature

[1] FRADEN, Jacob. Handbook of modern sensors: physics, designs, and applications. Fifth edition. Cham: Springer,

2016. ISBN 9783319193038.

[2] YOON, Jeong-Yeol. Introduction to biosensors: from electric circuits to immunosensors. New York: Springer, c2013.

ISBN 978-1-4419-6021-4.

recommended literature :

[1] Sensor technology handbook. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2005. ISBN 978-0-7506-7729-5.

[2] Implantable biomedical microsystems: design principles and applications. Editor Swarup BHUNIA, editor Steve

MAJERUS, editor Mohamad SAWAN. Waltham: William Andrew, an imprint of Elsevier, 2015. Micro & nano

technologies. ISBN 9780323261906.

[3] EGGINS, Brian R. Chemical sensors and biosensors. Chichester: Wiley, c2002. ISBN 0-471-89914-3.

The course is a part of the following study plans: