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Course content

Medical terminology. General diagnostics. Electrophysical methods like ECG, EEG, EMG, defibrillator and pacemaker. Measurement techniques for respiration and circulation. Methods for intensive monitoring. clinical/chemical measurement techniques. Disinfection/sterilisation, sensors. Imaging techniques: X-rays, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, magnetic resonance. Supporting instrumentation like incubator, respirator, anaesthesia machine and dialysis machine. Surgical techniques with diathermy and laser.

Learning outcome

The course aims to give students a foundation to:

  • Explain the different medical imaging systems, compare advantages and disadvantages, understand the limitations and find the best suitable method for different pathological diagnoses.
  • Explain and describe different diagnostic measurement methods for identification of human biopotentials and their necessary instrumentation.
  • Explain and describe different diagnostic measurement methods for different humane variables and their necessary instrumentation.
  • Explain and describe different therapeutic methods of treatment where electrical medical equipment are a vital part of the method and their necessary instrumentation.
  • Analyze and evaluate the effect of different diagnostic and therapeutic methods, their risk potential, physical principles, opportunities and possibilities for different medical procedures.
  • Have a basic understanding of medical terminology, relevant for biomedical instrumentation.
  • Understand and describe the physical and medical principles used as a basis for biomedical instrumentation.
  • Understand the elements of risk for different instrumentation methods and basic electrical safety.
  • Understand the position of biomedical instrumentation in modern hospital care.


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Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FYS9250 – Biomedical Instrumentation


The course extends over a full semester with 4 hours of lectures per week.


There will be one compulsary mid term exam that must be passed in order to take the final exam. Final oral / written exam.

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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)