A Lecture/Laboratory Course on Microcomputer-Based Medical Instrumentation

Willis J. Tompkins, Nitish V Thakor

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Most existing courses on computers in medicine study applications of minicomputers or large-scale mainframes. These courses typically emphasize data-base management or computer simulation of biological systems. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, our course has evolved away from these applications and toward design of micro-computer-based medical instrumentation. To support this course, we have developed a textbook on this topic and a set of ten laboratory experiments that give the student hands-on experience with both hardware and software aspects of instrument design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)96-101
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1981
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Education

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