Biomedical Engineering – Research and Development (R&D)
The Department of Biomedical Engineering-R&D at University Hospital of Umeå is an important partner in e.g, developing equipment or as a technical part in research regarding new methods applicable within the medical fields.
We support e.g, the development of measurement technology and software, modelling of physiological processes and statistical analyses. We also contribute to commercialization of new methods through prototyping, leading to further development of the county's business sector.
Biomedical Engineering - R&D works with technologies applicable in the medical and dental fields. The Figure shows a discussion in the area of measurement and modeling of motion analysis (left), a combined Raman and resonance sensor for measuring material properties (top right) and measurement and analysis with an in-house developed software for ultrasonic research (bottom right)
Image Mattias Pettersson
The Department of Biomedical Engineering - R&D support researchers and healthcare staff in medical R&D projects through extensive technical knowledge. Today's medical research usually includes some form of medical device, technology or method. Medical research is therefore dependent on the existence of an environment / infrastructure with high technical expertise that can be a partner and / or technical support. Biomedical Engineering - R&D is one such infrastructure with nearly 30 scientific researchers, doctoral students and engineers in the area of Biomedical Engineering who have funding from Region Västerbotten, UmU and external funding sources.
Biomedical Engineering - R&D contributes to the profiling of Region Västerbotten and the University Hospital with, among other things, medical applications in the areas of sensors, measurement systems, image and signal analysis, biomechanical models, digitization and artificial intelligence. In these areas, research is carried out within e.g. MRI with the goal of developing better image analysis methods, ultrasound research that mainly focuses on cardiovascular tissue characterization, ultrasound combined with light spectroscopy (Raman) for detection of prostate cancer, motion sensors with focus towards clinical applicability and modelling, pressure and flow analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid system, heart rate variability for analysis of heart signals, and user interfaces with the purpose of strengthening customized digital applications.
We also carry out R&D in technology areas such as applied electronics, signal analysis, biomechanics, flow technology, user studies, decision support (AI applications), software and interfaces. The Department can also help with the development/refinement of different types of measuring equipment, systems for collecting medical data, software development, modelling of physiological processes and analysis of physiological signals.