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Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation: A Practical Perspective of the Design, Construction, and Test of Medical Devices Paperback – November 22, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0471676232 ISBN-10: 0471676233 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 461 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 1 edition (November 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471676233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471676232
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book is user-friendly, accurate...and will be very useful to anyone with a basic understanding of circuit theory…" (Annals of Biomedical Engineering, June 2006)

"This reviewer will find this text a valued part of his library for the several areas extremely well elucidated. And talking with a few colleagues, the reviewer confirmed that this text will have wide appeal…" (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, July/August 2005)

"…details this application's unique requirements and constraints, exploring with general discussion, schematic diagrams, representative waveforms, and typical-design photos." (EDN Online, January 12, 2005)

From the Back Cover

Master the building blocks of medical devices with this hands-on guide

This book provides a uniquely practical approach that enables readers to learn the design of medical electronic devices through the analysis of specific projects. Walking you through the building blocks of implementing medical devices, Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation addresses the practical aspects of amplifying, processing, simulating, and evoking biopotentials. It provides real-world projects that range from simple biopotential amplifiers all the way to a computer-controlled defibrillator. Anyone with a basic understanding of circuit design and electrical engineering mathematics and experience in electronic prototype construction will find these projects accessible. Chapters discuss:

  • Biopotential amplifiers, including a refresher on the origin and acquisition of physiological electrical signals
  • Spectral content of biosignals, filter design, and the selection of frequency ranges for biopotential amplifiers
  • Design of safe medical device prototypes
  • International regulations and design practices for electromagnetic compatibility of medical devices
  • Data acquisition, smart sensors, analog-to-digital conversion, and high-resolution spectral analysis of physiological signals
  • Artificial signal sources for simulating physiological events
  • Principles, clinical applications, and design of excitable tissue stimulators
  • Design of cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, including a refresher on the electrophysiology of the heart, its conduction deficiencies, and arrhythmias

With access to an ftp site that contains the software and information needed to successfully complete the projects outlined, plus a special epilogue on how to bring a medical device to market, this book will help one quickly master the essentials of medical device design and build sophisticated instrumentation for a broad range of purposes.

More About the Author

David Prutchi received his Ph.D. in Engineering from Tel-Aviv University in 1994, and then conducted post-doctoral research at Washington University. His area of expertise is the development of active implantable medical devices, and is currently the Vice President of Engineering at Impulse Dynamics.

He is an adept do-it-yourselfer dedicated to bringing cutting-edge experimental physics within grasp of fellow science buffs.

Dr. Prutchi has published over thirty papers and holds over seventy patents. He is the lead author of the book "Design and Development of Medical Electronic Instrumentation - A Practical Perspective of the Design, Construction and Test of Medical Devices" and "Exploring Quantum Physics Through Hands-On Projects" published by John Wiley & Sons.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Bridges on November 17, 2005
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I couldn't put this book down. It contains a good description of instrumentation, including analog and digital filtering, signal conditioning, data acquisition. The authors' background is in cardiac care (pacemakers, etc.), and the book seems to focus a great deal on patient contact scenarios, whereas I would have preferred some discussion of instrumentation of other signals such as optical techniques (e.g. pulse oximetry), thermography, perhaps imaging technologies. It's a great book for anyone doing work with defibrillators/pacemakers, myography.

Medical Compliance: This book is a *fantastic* reference for anyone who needs to take a medical device through regulatory compliance. It includes a succint introduction to getting through the FDA mazz, plus several chapters dedicated to EMC (radiated/conducted emissions & suceptibility, etc.) and safety.

Although you'll find a decent quantity of equations and theory, the book is extremely practical and hands-on, including tons of clear schematics for various affordable test circuits (field probes, Hipot, leakage, etc.), and simple, direct approaches to testing and construction.

If you're looking strictly for a book on medical instrumentation, this is probably not enough. You won't find details of advanced filtering (e.g., adaptive noise cancellation), chopper detectors, fuzzy modeling & logic, algorithms, etc. But even though it's sparse on "design", this book is very strong on "development". Note the emphasis on FDA in this book, and very little mention of the European Medical Device directives (which, admittedly, are somewhat harmonized).
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4 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pavel Jirousek on October 10, 2005
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Detailed review of the book was published in Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology, Vol. 39 (4), pp. 280-281 (July/August 2005).
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