Heal­ing tech

THE LOW­DOWN

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Biomed­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing is the study and ap­pli­ca­tion of en­gi­neer­ing prin­ci­ples and tech­niques to the med­i­cal field. It is con­cerned with the de­vel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of pros­the­ses, med­i­cal de­vices, di­ag­nos­tic de­vices, drugs and other ther­a­pies. This field en­com­passes bio-in­stru­men­ta­tion, bio­ma­te­ri­als, bio-me­chan­ics, med­i­cal imag­ing, ge­netic en­gi­neer­ing, cel­lu­lar and tis­sue en­gi­neer­ing. Biomed­i­cal en­gi­neers have to be ex­perts in en­gi­neer­ing, bi­o­log­i­cal and med­i­cal sciences. They can also de­sign and de­velop de­vices and sys­tems rang­ing from car­diac mon­i­tors to clin­i­cal com­put­ers

CLOCK­WORK 9am: Re­port for work 9.30am: Check MRI scanner for glitches 10.30am: Call man­u­fac­turer to dis­cuss the prob­lem 11am: Hos­pi­tal rounds 1pm: Lunch 1.30pm: Dis­cuss MRI scanner prob­lem with the technician sent by man­u­fac­turer 3.30pm: Meet­ing se­nior doc­tors to dis­cuss new equip­ment 4pm: Visit fac­tory on the city out­skirts to check new equip­ment 8pm: Leave for home

THE PAY­OFF The salary struc­ture de­pends on the des­ig­na­tion, in gen­eral, a biomed­i­cal en­gi­neer’s an­nual in­come ranges from R2 lakh to R2.5 lakh a year. Pro­mo­tions de­pend on your ex­pe­ri­ence, skill and qual­ity, and ca­pa­bil­ity to man­age as­sets SKILLS/TRAITS Good di­ag­nos­tic and an­a­lyt­i­cal skills Pa­tience and good pub­lic re­la­tions skills to cater to cus­tomer needs (both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal)

GET­TING THERE Af­ter com­plet­ing Class 12 in the sci­ence stream, cou­ple it up with BE in biomed­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, or do a BE in any branch of en­gi­neer­ing and do a PG course in biomed­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing. Al­ter­na­tively, one can go in for a PG course in med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy, which is con­sid­ered equiv­a­lent to a PG course in biomed­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing. One could also take it up af­ter an MBBS de­gree cou­pling it with a PG de­gree in biomed­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing/ and med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences, New Delhi www.aiims.ac.in Ja­davpur Univer­sity, Kolkata www.ja­davpur.edu Pan­jab Univer­sity, Chandi­garh www.puchd.ac.in PROS AND CONS It is in­ter­est­ing to ap­ply prin­ci­ples of en­gi­neer­ing and med­i­cal sciences Works with path break­ing tech­nol­ogy Some health haz­ards at­tached

THINKSTOCK

En­gi­neered to cure: A biomed­i­cal en­gi­neer com­bines the knowl­edge of en­gi­neer­ing and med­i­cal sciences to help di­ag­nose dis­ease and treat pa­tients

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