The Biomedical Technology Unit (BITU) is recognized as pioneer in the development of Digital Tomosynthesis (DTS), an R&D activity that started in 1987. Research in this area also involves modeling and simulation for in silico design, testing and experimentation in medical X-ray imaging. The Breast X-ray imaging simulators using analytical or Monte Carlo techniques, developed in our unit during the last 15 years, received worldwide recognition and led to numerous international collaborations.
In the mid 90s, the BITU started significant activity in the field of Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology Management. The focus is placed on the effective management of medical equipment leading to considerable benefits relating to cost, safety and proper use. Particular emphasis is given to the use of harmonized standards concerning medical devices nomenclature and classification. Another area of priority is safety of medical devices, and the Unit has particular involvement in vigilance systems for medical devices.
BITU also has significant experience in the area of Biomedical Instrumentation and Measurements. This includes design and development of wearable wireless biopotential electrodes for ECG monitoring, low noise active electrodes for recording bioelectric events, novel devices for electrical and low intensity laser biostimulation.
Since 2006 a specific Unit for Medical Devices Quality and Safety Testing, MEDIP, has been created aiming to provide services such as: (i) Medical Devices Electrical Safety Tests, (ii) Quality Control of Critical Medical Devices, (iii) Critical Medical Locations Electrical Safety Tests (ICUs and operating theatres), (iv) Conformance with Medical Standards. MEDIP is providing its services to Greek hospitals and medical device manufacturers (mainly walking aids testing).
Additionally, BITU constantly supports the Postgraduate Programme on Biomedical Engineering that runs at the University of Patras since 1989, in collaboration with the National Technical University of Athens and more than 20 EU Universities contributing both with teachers and students. To date, more than 550 students from all over Europe have attended the Programme.