Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Sources of Medical Data

ILDT Acad. year 2011/2012 Winter semester 5 credits

Principles of function and the description of construction of the diagnostics equipment and systems for sensing of the electrical and non elektrical quantities from organism (ECG, EEG, EMG, impedance measurement, blood pressure measurement, blod flow measurement). Fundamental principles of the medical imaging systems (X-ray systems, imaging by using of the magnetic resonance, gama imaging systems and, the ultrasound imaging systems). Principles of construction and using of the medical systems.


Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (oral)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 13 hrs laboratories, 13 hrs pc labs

Assessment points

70 exam, 30 exercises



Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

The undergraduate will obtain the principal knowlidge about function of the diagnostic technique which is the most frequently used in practice.

Learning objectives

Introduction to the principal knowledge about medical diagnostics technique.

Study literature

  • Chmelař, M.: Lékařská přístrojová technika 1, Akademické nakladatelství CERM 1995
  • Chmelař, M.: Lékařská laboratorní technika, skriptum VUT 2000 (in Czech)
  • Drastich, A.: Zobrazovací systémy v lékařství, VUT FEI, Brno 1989 (in Czech)
  • Drastich, A.: Netelevizní zobrazovací systémy, UBMI FEI VUT v Brně 2001 (in Czech)
  • Krstel, E.: Imaging Systems for Medical Diagnostics, Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, Berlin 1990
  • Bronzino, J.D.: The Biomedical engineering Handbook, CRC Press, Boca Raton 1995
  • Rozman, J., kol. Elektronické přístroje v lékařství, Academia, 2006 (in Czech)

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Sensing of the biological signals: sensing electrodes, polarization of the electrodes.
  2. Amplifiers for biological signals: technical parameters of the amplifiers and its design.
  3. Electroencephalography: equipment, principle of its function and technical parameters. Additive equipment for EEG.
  4. Electrocardiography: equipment, principle of its function and technical parameters.
  5. Electromyography: equipment, principle of its function and technical parameters. Additive equipment for EMG. 6. 6.
  6. Blood pressure measurement (invasive and non invasive methods). Principle of function.
  7. Blood flow measurment: dilution techniques, Doppler techniques.
  8. Pletysmography: capacitance principle, photoelectric method, impedance measurement.
  9. Rewiev of the monitoring systems: function and principles, list of physiological variables for monitoring, monitoring system and its coupling at the hospital information system.
  10. X-ray imaging systems: description both the convenctional and digital skiascopic and the skigraphics systems; using of the X-ray systems for the diagnostics purpose.
  11. Computerized X-ray tomography: elementary principles of construction of the standard and the helical computerised tomographs; using of the X-ray systems for the diagnostics purpose.
  12. Gama-ray imaging systems: construction principles of the planar Gama-ray imaging systems; using of the Gama-ray imaging systems for the diagnostic purpose.
  13. Tissue ultrasound imaging systems: principle of the imaging method; using of the ultrasound imaging systems for the diagnostic purposes

Progress assessment

Requirements for successful completion of the subject are specified by guarantor's regulation updated for every academic year.

Controlled instruction

Laboratory works, test.

Exam prerequisites

Active attendance at laboratory sessions.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
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