Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Politecnico di Torino
Academic Year 2015/16
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 Years teaching
Vecchi Giuseppe ORARIO RICEVIMENTO PO ING-INF/02 40 20 0 6
SSD CFU Activities Area context
ING-INF/02 6 D - A scelta dello studente A scelta dello studente
ORA-01722: invalid number
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.