2016 Developmental Instrumentation for Medicine

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Mechano-Micro Engineering
Sumita Masaya  Hachiya Hiroyuki  Yoda Kiyoshi  Shinshi Tadahiko  Yoshikawa Shiro  Saito Yoshitake  Kawashima Kenji  Okino Akitoshi  Ide Katsuhisa  Takayama Toshio 
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Course description and aims

Lecturers from not only Tokyo Institute of Technology but also industry, government and academia give lectures on development of medical instruments. The topics include both technological and non-technological ones such as medical laws, regulations, patent system, ethics, and social environment affecting medical care.
As examples of medical instruments, advanced technologies and development processes of surgical robots, artificial hearts, hemo-dialyzers, endoscopes, sterilization devices using atmospheric plasma, ultrasonic diagnosis equipment, etc. are introduced.

Medical instruments cannot be developed only with advanced technology. The aim of this course is to understand what are essential for successful development of medical instruments and to acquire knowledge necessary for it.

Student learning outcomes

Understand how advanced technologies are applied to development of medical instruments.
Understand also that medical instruments cannot be developed only with advanced technology.
Therefore, acquire non-technological knowledge on medical laws, regulations, patent system, ethics, social environment affecting medical care to be a future medical instrument engineer.


surgical robot, artificial heart, hemo-dialyzer, endoscope, sterilization, atmospheric plasma, ultrasonic diagnosis, medical law, medical regulation, patent system, medical ethics

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Ten classes will be held in omnibus and each class is for three class-hours. The classes below are listed in random order.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Medical robotics development of a surgical robot with haptic sensation (Kenji Kawashima, Tokyo Medical and Dental University) 1) Having understanding of the certification rules of medical equipment. 2) Having understanding of now and future of surgical assist robots.
Class 2 Medical applications of atmospheric plasma (Akitoshi Okino, Tokyo Tech.) Simulation of new medical application of cold plasma.
Class 3 Medical device regulation of Japan, patent, and ethics for medical research involving human subjects (Masaya Sumita, Asahi Kasei Medical) Acquire fundamental knowledge on the medical device regulation of Japan, search method of laws, patent, and ethics for medical research involving human subjects.
Class 4 History and future prospects of radiotherapy physics (Kiyoshi Yoda, Elekta) Students will learn quick history of radiotherapy physics, current status and future prospects.
Class 5 Medical Device development (Yoshitake Saito, Olympus) - The development of the Endoscope ( The innovation for the cancer treatments in Gastric Intestinal field) Understanding the Medical Device industry and the general concept of the regulatory requirement for the development of the Medical Device.
Class 6 valuation of performance of a hemo-dialyzer from a viewpoint of momentum and mass transport phenomena (Siro Yoshikawa, Tokyo Tech.) Proposal of a new design plan for improvement of a hollow-fiber hemo-dialyzer from a viewpoint of transport phenomena.
Class 7 Heart transplantation and artificial heart (Tadahiko Shinshi, Tokyo Tech.) 1) Understanding of the limitations of heart transplantation 2) Understanding of artificial heart designs and functions
Class 8 Optimal design for the sergical device (Toshio Takayama, Tokyo Tech.) Understand the establishment of targets are important for the mechanical design.
Class 9 Biomedical ultrasonics (Hiroyuki Hachiya, Tokyo Tech.) Review the basic concepts of wave physics.
Class 10 Standards for medical devices and testing - for researcher - (Katsuhisa Ide, Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency) tudents will have the chance to consider what kind of knowledge of law and standards for medical devices they should need after graduation (researcher, developer, physician and so on).



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Course matrial will be provided when necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Short comprehension ckeck during class or report

Related courses

  • ZII.L401 : Medico-Dental Engineering Outline

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