Biomedical Engineering

By: Gabrielle Shook

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Analyzing and designing solutions to problems in biology and medicine; therapeutic or diagnostic. Therapeutic means to cure or help treat a disease you may have. Diagnostic means your diagnosis which Biomedical Engineering could improve your everyday life.

Why is Biomedical Engineering important to our society?

Biomedical Engineering is important to our society simply because it helps make everyone's lives easier who have medical issues. If you can't have any pressure on your foot, you use crutches to help with support. That's just one example of biomedical engineering. Biomedical engineering is coming up with a break through discovery for type 1 diabetics. Engineers are coming up with an artificial pancreas that is surgically placed inside their nonfunctioning organ that automatically releases insulin whenever they consume food. Without this type of engineering, there would be a lot of patients suffering with pain and not being able to be an outgoing human being.

How does Biomedical Engineering affect us?

Biomedical Engineering can have a big impact on our generation as we progress in science and research. The treatment that we use today, will become more affective tomorrow. This means that our generation will have bigger and better options to help with our injuries, diseases, and lost organs or limbs.

Ethical Concerns of Biomedical Engineering:

The following concerns are not solely used by the engineers. This field of work is still new and trying to address all ethical issues as they come across.

Cloning- Why is one child or animal more able to be cloned than another?

Use of aborted fetuses- Are parents aborting children to be able to be used for research? Are engineers going too far with using aborted babies?

Issues in genetics- How far is too far in research? Are these issues in genetics able to be fixed with cloning and replacing or fixing a gene?

Relation to Other Fields of Science

Chemistry is applied often in Biomedical Engineering. Let's say you have a reaction to an artificial organ in your body and it is a chemical reaction. You must use Chemistry to figure out what exactly had the reaction and what chemical caused the reaction.

The Time Period of Research: Then and Now

Around the 1600's, the microscope was invented. This invention led to the start of Biomedical Engineering even though it wouldn't have this title until the end of World War II. Many times, a new discovery will open up new doors in science to better an experiment or theory. These days, the inventions of new technologies everyday betters science and research. The future of Biomedical Engineering is very bright, especially for diabetics. Type 1 Diabetics will no longer have to inject insulin, check blood sugars or count carbs all the time for what they eat. The artificial pancreas will keep all those numbers in check and will make lives easier for everyone; especially for small children with Diabetes. This experiment is still being conducted and will continue to improve in the future to make patients lives easier and more comfortable.

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