Model Course ePortfolios
BME 441.01, Senior Design Project in Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2011
Introduction to product development from the perspective of solving biomedical, biotechnological, environmental, and ergonomic problems. Teamwork in design, establishing customer needs, writing specifications, and legal and financial issues are covered in the context of design as a decision-based process. A team design project provides the opportunity to apply concepts covered in class. Formulation of optimal design problems in biomedical and physiological settings. Introduces optimization techniques for engineering design and modeling for compact and rapid optimization of realistic biomedical engineering problems. 3 credits.
Instructor: Dr. Jonathan Liu
ePortoflios are a requirement for course completion.
Dr. Liu will join Dr. Gary Halada and Dr. Imin Kao and represent the Department of Engineering in the Making Connections - Connecting to Learning project involving integrative learning and eportfolios. They also have applied for a NSF grant for developing a problem-based learning model which includes the eportfolio process. For more information on eportfolios and the project, contact Nancy Wozniak in The Faculty Center, ext. 22780. firstname.lastname@example.org
Few words from the e-Portfolio....
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive medical test that facilitates physicians to diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI is achieved by placing a subject in a powerful magnetic field, typically 1.5 or 3 Tesla (T) for human scanners. MicroMRI follows the same principles as MRI, but it utilizes a much higher magnetic field strength for animal studies.
Historically, MR technology relied on higher magnetic field strength, which translates to higher spatial resolution and better image quality, to achieve a higher SNR in the MR Image. This trend has come to an end, driven mainly by the need for new cost-containment strategies and regulatory constraints for imaging above 3 Tesla. High magnetic field strength is problematic in human applications because of arising physiological effects, e.g. nausea and visual abnormalities, and other technical challenges such as an increase in the operating frequency, which potentially generates artifacts. Also, higher magnetic field stands for higher cost. The price of MRI system increases from US$0.5M to US$3M as the field strength improves from 0.3T to 3T. The current cost of MRI technology is considered high by most developing countries’ standards. Thus, there is an urgent need for an innovative solution to produce higher MR image quality at a more cost-effective level.