Welcome to this installment of EE Classroom on Medical Electronics
Recent advances in medical devices and medical electronics have catapulted this field of engineering that helps solve medical and health-related problems using electronics into the forefront of daily lives. From the humble stethoscope of 100 years ago to the complex image processing of today's X-ray machines to the wearable fitness and implantable medical devices of today, medical electronics has a significant impact on individuals and society overall. And the expectations of what may be available in the future present formidable design challenges to the engineer.
Perhaps more than many other fields, medical electronics represents an application area where analog meets digital and where the demand for accurate and smaller and smaller modules are required to build less obtrusive medical devices. To that end, this classroom offers fundamental articles on analog-to-digital converters, as well as key factors to consider when choosing the PCB materials that are so critical to packaging. Two FAQ articles not only present the fascinating history of magnetic resonance imaging but delve into the physics and the blend of diverse technologies that have enabled it to evolve. As in other classrooms, this training center presents reference designs that provide the foundation for you to create devices — in this case, ultrasound scanners, CPAP machines, ECGs, and wearable fitness and activity monitors.