Course: Medical Biophysics, Biometrics and Computer Technology

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Course title Medical Biophysics, Biometrics and Computer Technology
Course code LBF/VAB11
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 10
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Sněhota Martin, MUDr.
  • Doležal Ladislav, Ing. CSc.
  • Bajgar Robert, MUDr. Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Binder Svatopluk, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Langová Kateřina, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Zapletalová Jana, Mgr. Dr.
  • Bartoň Tománková Kateřina, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Malohlava Jakub, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Pola Martin, RNDr.
Course content
Introduction to biostatistics. Sampling and descriptive statistics. Hypothesis testing, parametric tests. Non-parametric tests, categorical data analysis, dependency measurement. Biosignals - generation, processing, analysis. Biophysics of sensory perception. Biophysics of electric manifestations in organism, and their use in therapy. Electrocardiography, electroencephalography, electromyography. Biophysics of respiration. Biophysics of the optical analyzer. Optical system of the human eye, refractive disorders and their correction. Sound and its properties. Human voice. Biophysics of hearing. Physics of ultrasound. Therapeutic ultrasound application in medicine. Imaging systems. Magnetic resonance. Environmental biophysics. Biophysical calculations.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training), Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Laboratory Work
Learning outcomes
The main objective is to teach the basic knowledge and skills on the atomic and nuclear physics, thermodynamics, gases and liquid kinetics, molecular constitution of living systems, cells biophysics including biopotencial generation and mechanism of cells excitation, heart function and circulation system biophysics. They obtain skills required for work with technical equipments for biomedical measurement and some diagnostics equipments like ECG recorder and ultrasonograph. The students are also introduced to selected software used in information mining and health care.
The students will be skilled in medical biophysics to be prepared for further study of consequent topics like physiology, pathophysiology, radiology, nuclear medicine etc. Their knowledge on informational technologies support them in effective use of software supporting their study.
Students ought to have fundamental biology and physics attainments at the secondary education level.

Assessment methods and criteria
Mark, Oral exam, Written exam

100% attendance, measurement protocols completed, final exam in a written form (MCQ, calculations, essay questions).
Recommended literature
  • Davidovits, P. (2008). Physics in Biology and Medicine. Academic Press.
  • Grosman, Z. (1994). Lectures on Medical Biophysics. Olomouc.
  • Herman, I. P. (2008). Physics of the Human Body. Springer.
  • Hobbie, R. K., Roth, B. J. (2007). Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology. Springer.
  • Hrazdira, I. et al. (2012). Fundamentals of biophysics and medical technology. Brno: Masaryk University.
  • Kukurova, E. and coworkers. (1991). Biophysical Elixir for students and absolvents of medicine. Edition of study literature, Bratislava.
  • Ronto, G., Tarjan, I., Berkes, L., Gyorgyi, S. (1999). An Introduction to Biophysics with Medical Orientation. Akademiai Kiado.
  • Wood, A. W. (2012). Physiology, Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering. CRC Press.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry General Medicine (2) Medical sciences 1 Summer
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry General Medicine (2014) Medical sciences 1 Summer