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No engineering background, want to self-study medical engineering. Tips?

  1. Jun 1, 2012 #1
    I have a physics and medical physics background with no engineering coursework or work experience to speak of. I have some knowledge of the design and function of various medical technologies, mostly pertaining to radiation oncology and radiology, acquired through my job as a medical physicist. I have a knowledge foundation for biology, chemistry, programming, anatomy, physiology, and statistics.

    I have an interest in self-studying medical engineering from a mixed general interest and technical perspective, and have the following questions:

    1. Are there general engineering texts that I should familiarize myself with prior to the medical engineering self-study?

    2. Are there medical engineering texts that anyone would recommend for my purpose?

    3. Any other advice?

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  3. Jun 3, 2012 #2
    I'm not sure about your definition of medical engineering. I have a BS in EE, and in my college medical engineering is mainly about medical imaging and medical instrument design. If this is where your interests are, I may be able to help you, because EE and medical imaging has a lot in common.
  4. Jun 3, 2012 #3


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    Hey EricVT.

    Just out of curiosity, does the medical engineering field you are interested in require certification of any kind, including accredited university study or a non-university pathway for certification?

    I think answering this will help you answer your own question.
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