Centre for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
During the last 16 years the Centre for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (the Head of Centre Kalle Kepler, PhD) of the University of Tartu (UT) has been engaged in performance testing of diagnostic x-ray equipment (see Testing Centre of UT,accredited L151) and development of patient radiation dosimetry methods in cooperation with internationally recognized researchers (incl. Antti Servomaa, Visiting Professor of UT). In the same time introducing and development of new clinical applications based on nuclear magnetic resonance (incl. functional magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor Imaging) in cooperation with medical scientists of Tartu University Hospital is going on.
|Besides the medical physics topics, research is carried out also in the field of contemporary biomedical engineering. In the teamwork led by Arved Vain (Dr. Habil. Biol.), a unique medical diagnostic device – myometer for the measurement of human skeletal muscle tone and biomechanical properties – has been worked out. This device has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) for use in medical examination of astronauts. Development of new version of myometer (see patent publication WO2012/089221) and improvement of the measurement method is going on. The field of activities includes also theoretical issues of skeletal muscle physiology and biomechanics.|
Research for development of Foucault cardiography (induction cardiography) – a new non-invasive method for monitoring of the heart – is conducted by Jüri Vedru (PhD). This is a clinically promising method, which enables to monitor mechanical activity of the heart by using high frequency eddy currents. Research is going on both on theoretical and on experimental level.