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what does a biomedical engineer do

Asked Haslet, Texas

I need to know because im doing a project and I need to know what they do #masters-degree #biomedical-engineer

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Daniela’s Answer

Updated State of Goiás, State of Goiás, Brazil

Hi Christian,

Biomedical engineers apply engineering principles and materials technology to healthcare.

This can include researching, designing and developing medical products, such as joint replacements or robotic surgical instruments, designing or modifying equipment for clients with special needs in a rehabilitation setting, or managing the use of clinical equipment in hospitals and the community.

Biomedical engineers are employed by health services, medical equipment manufacturers and research departments/institutes.

Job titles vary depending on the exact nature of the work. As well as biomedical engineer, other terms that are used include:

  • bioengineer;
  • design engineer;
  • clinical engineer or scientist (in a hospital setting/clinical situation).

You need a degree to become a biomedical engineer and relevant subjects include: biomedical science/engineering; - electrical/electronic engineering; - mechanical engineering; - physics.

Biomedical engineer employers Employers include:

  • hospital trusts;
  • medical equipment manufacturers;
  • university research departments;
  • other research units;
  • rehabilitation or health charities.

The tasks carried out vary depending on the type of employer and seniority of the post held, but they can include:

using computer software and mathematical models to design, develop and test new materials, devices and equipment. This can involve programming electronics, building and evaluating prototypes, troubleshooting problems, and rethinking the design until it works correctly;

liaising with technicians and manufacturers to ensure the feasibility of a product in terms of design and economic viability;

conducting research to solve clinical problems using a variety of means to collate the necessary information, including questionnaires, interviews and group conferences;

liaising closely with other medical professionals, such as doctors and therapists as well as with end-users (patients and their carers);

discussing and solving problems with manufacturing, quality, purchasing and marketing departments;

assessing the potential wider market for products or modifications suggested by health professionals or others;

arranging clinical trials of medical products;

approaching marketing and other industry companies to sell the product;

writing reports and attending conferences and exhibitions to present your work and latest designs to a range of technical and non-technical audiences;

meeting with senior health service staff or other managers to exchange findings;

dealing with technical queries from hospitals and GPs and giving advice on new equipment; testing and maintaining clinical equipment; training technical or clinical staff;

investigating safety-related incidents;

keeping up to date with new developments in the field, nationally and internationally.

You can have more information in: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/biomedical-engineer

Good luck in your project!

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thank you for that answer it is really helpful

PAUL’s Answer

Updated Florida, Florida

<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">Also included under the scope of a biomedical engineer is the management of current medical equipment within hospitals while adhering to relevant industry standards. This involves equipment recommendations, procurement, routine testing and preventative maintenance, through to decommissioning and disposal. This role is also known as a </span>Biomedical Equipment Technician (BMET)<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);"> or </span>Clinical Engineer<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34);">.</span>