Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2014/15
Electromagnetic fields and biological tissues: effects and medical applications
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Electronic Engineering - Torino
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Telecommunications Engineering - Torino
Master of science-level of the Bologna process in Computer Engineering - Torino
Teacher Status SSD Les Ex Lab Tut Years teaching
Vecchi Giuseppe ORARIO RICEVIMENTO PO ING-INF/02 40 20 0 0 8
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/02 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
01OVA; 01OUW; 01OVD; 01OVC; 01OVF; 01OVE; 01POJ; 01OUX; 01OUZ; 01OUY; 04BHM
Subject fundamentals
The course is taught in English.
The course analyzes the most relevant known effects of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields on biological tissues, with emphasis on humans. Both high- and low-frequency fields will be considered, for diagnostics (MRI, EEG, MEG) and therapy, as well as the fields to which we are exposed to (e.g. radio broadcasting, etc.); recommendations and regulations for such exposure will be analyzed. The scenario will extend up to recent results on studied effects and presently experimental therapeutic applications.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge of the scenario of known scientific results;
Ability to understand the main perspectives and technological issues, the regulations and recommendations
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
University calculus; basic physics including elementary notions on electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields; circuit theory.
Review of fundamentals of electromagnetic (EM) field characterization;
energy balance for EM field; low-frequency (quasi-static) and high-frequency (wave) regimes.
The EM field in material bodies, macroscopic EM characterization of biological tissues.
Overview of scientifically recognized bio effects of non-ionizing EM fields: non-thermal and thermal effects. Models of non-thermal cell response (low-frequency).
Thermal effects: the EM field as a heat source, low and high frequency regimes; bio-heat equation.
Most important clinical applications of EM fields: MRI, EEG, MEG; therapeutic use of hyperthermia and electrosurgery.
Man-made environment EM fields: relevant sources, exposure regulations and recommendations.
Proposed therapeutic and diagnostic applications of EM fields.
Delivery modes
A key component of the learning activity are problem-solving classes and home assignments. The use of specialized simulation software tools is anticipated as an instruction support and/or for hands-on experience. Optional lab on special projects.
Texts, readings, handouts and other learning resources
The learning will be supported by handouts made available by the instructor via the didattica web portal. Other materials, including scholarly journal articles and other relevant sources will also be made available. Bibliographical indications for "probing further" will be given.
Assessment and grading criteria
The evaluation of the proficiency of course attendees will be distributed along the course through discussion during carrying out of the assigned tasks, and on the evaluation of the results and report of the assigned projects.
Alternatively, a standard final exam will be available in written form.

Programma definitivo per l'A.A.2014/15

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