Biomedical Systems I
Course given by
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Martin Hexamer
Hours per week
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The lecture deals with the physiological basics of important functional/organ systems. In the selection of material, care was taken to ensure that primarily those subsystems are dealt with which are frequently affected by diseases and in whose diagnostics/therapy there is a strong penetration of medical technology.
Lecture contents are:
- Basics of neuronal information conduction and processing: bioelectrical processes at nerve cell membranes (equilibrium, resting and action potential), neuronal impulse conduction, basic building blocks of neuronal information processing (synaptic activation/inhibition, spatial and temporal summation, lateral inhibition, etc.).
- The sensory system (somatovisceral sensitivity): Basic knowledge of different sensor types, measurement conversion (transduction and transformation) and further processing.
- The motor system: physiology of the muscle, neuronal control of muscles, spinal and supra-spinal sensorimotor function, electromyogram, reflex diagnostics.
- Structure and function of the autonomic nervous system (ANS): sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, medulla oblongata, hypothalamus, neuro-humoral interface, notes on the endocrine system.
- The cardiovascular system: structure, heart mechanics, electrical excitation processes in the heart, circulatory system, regulatory processes, measurement of circulatory parameters.
- Respiration: structure of the respiratory system, respiratory mechanics, alveolar ventilation, gas exchange, respiratory regulation, spirometry, measurement procedures with indicator gases.
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After successful completion of the course, the students have basic knowledge in essential sub-areas of physiology as well as some diseases directly related to the subject matter. Some medical-technical procedures are presented. The students acquire the competence to independently deepen their acquired knowledge with the help of the relevant specialist literature (standard works of physiology/medical technology). By learning the special technical terminology, they are able to express themselves technically correctly.
- Werner, Jürgen “Biomedizinische Technik – Automatisierte Therapiesysteme”, De Gruyter Oldenbourg Verlag, 2014
- Kurtz, Armin, Pape, Hans-Christian, Silbernagl, Stefan “Physiologie”, Thieme, 2019
- Brandes, Rolf, Lang, Florian, Schmidt, Robert F. “Physiologie des Menschen: mit Pathophysiologie”, Springer, 2019
In WiSe 20232/24 the lecture will take place in presence. You will get all the necessary information in the introductory lecture. Should the infection situation make a change necessary, the introductory lecture will take place as a ZOOM conference. You will find the relevant link on the Moodle pages of the course. The password for self-enrolment is "EKG".