Medicine and Health Safety

  • Richard A. Baird
  • Roderic I. Pettigrew
Part of the Series in Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMENG)

As medicine and healthcare have become more sophisticated, bioengineers have been called upon to play an increasingly important role in developing and improving technologies to predict, diagnose, and treat disease, and in accelerating the translation of these technologies to the clinical setting. These technologies have included the development of imaging and image contrast agents, minimally invasive image-guided interventions, and the in vivo and in vitro application of many imaging modalities, including magnetic resonance, nuclear, optical, ultrasound, and X-ray. Bioengineers have also developed many implantable devices and sensors for monitoring, stimulating, and improving organ function, as well as many naturally derived and synthetic materials for drug and gene delivery, tissue scaffolds, and tissue repair, regeneration, and replacement.

The increasing sophistication of medical technology has also dramatized the need for a greater understanding of the basic science underlying this...


Medical Technology Implantable Device Health Safety Image Contrast Agent Research Training Program 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Baird
    • 1
  • Roderic I. Pettigrew
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health & Human ServicesBethesdaUSA

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