Physics and Physiology behind Medical Technology

To enhance access to the knowledge around medical devices in hospitals and health institutions and to create awareness of the decision making processes around procuring Medical devises, we present a course with a very broad view on the medical technology used on a daily basis.

As this course has been put together in close collaboration with TU/e SMPE/e, UMC Utrecht, Máxima Medisch Centrum, Kempenhaeghe and Catharina Ziekenhuis Eindhoven, the trainee will also be offered unique views in various locations for hands-on or spot-on presentations.

In the PPMT course some of the most used general medical technology in clinical daily practice are being discussed. The course is particularly developed for (biomedical) engineers, and clinical physics trainees, employed in health care or hospitals. The course may also be of interest to PhD candidates in the eMTIC programme as we have created a collaborative environment between clinical centers, knowledge institutes, and local industry. Note that imaging is not discussed in this course as many other more specific courses for imaging are available.


Clinical phycisists (in training), (bio-) medical engineers (in training for QME) and other professionals (in training) in health care.

Purpose of the course

The attendee will gain understanding in the physical principles of measuring and monitoring of vital functions in the hightech clinical practice.

Course format

  • the course will be provided once every 1 or 1 1/2 years.
  • the course takes 5 coursedays with interactive colleges and 1 Comeback Day with presentations.
  • the course can be taken as a whole or in seperate blocks in combination with the Comback Day.
  • the course will be provided by clinicians, (e/MTIC) researchers and physicists who are directly involved in diagnostics, monitoring and treatment.
  • the attendee will receive a certificate after having attended the 5 +1-days course when presented a short presentation or a Day certificate.
  • the course has a studyload of 3 ECTS (when taken the full course).
  • daycertificates will be provided when registered for separate course days.
  • courselanguage will be English. However, when only Dutch audience will be present, the language will be Dutch.


Click here for the PPMT 2023 program.



  • Day 1 + 2+ 3: September 18, 19, 20
  • Day 4 + 5: October 2, 3
  • Day 6/Comeback Day: December 11, 2023

Coursecontent per block

Block 1 (3 days + 1 Comeback Day*):

  • Introduction medical technology Biosignals and basic sensors
  • Heart&Circulation monitoring
  • Patient Monitoring (ECG, BP)
  • Medical alarm chain
  • Pregnancy monitoring
  • CTG & Fetal heart
  • Circulation and muscles during exercise
  • Nervous system
  • Electrophysiology sensors
  • EEG/EMG/ENG techniques
  • Advanced neuromonitoring
  • Visit to Kempenhaehge lab
  • Mother and Child
  • overview NICU MMC
  • Medical technology
  • Monitor – hands on
  • Digestive system
  • Endoscopy
  • Cutting Techniques
  • Laser
  • Drug delivery - infusion

Block 2  (2 days + 1 Comeback Day*):

  • Lungs
  • Lung function; Mech. ventilation
  • Anesthesia
  • Anesthesia & equipment
  • Excretory system
  • Dialysis systems & models
  • Excretory system
  • Visit to Dialysis MMC Eindhoven
  • Cutting techniques
  • Electrosurgery
  • OR and its technology
  • Guidelines on safety
  • CE and FDA; Ethical aspects
  • Discussion on position of clinical physicist and biomedical engineer

*Comeback Day:

  • Morning Program
    On the Comeback Day, health technology management and the roles of engineers in a hospital will be discussed in the morning.
  • Afternoon Program
    In the afternoon, every attendee who has subscribed for the full course will provide a short presentation on new technology which will be reviewed by the course coordinator.



Fees for registration for participants coming outside TU/e:

  • Full 5-days course and 1 Comeback Day: € 1.700,-
  • Block 1 (3 days and 1 Comeback Day): € 1.350,-
  • Block 2 (2 days and 1 Comeback Day): € 950,-

*All fees are inclusive catering & lunch.

**TU/e members: Please mention your costcenter & activitynumber at the registrationform.


  • Academisch Genootschap Eindhoven (Eindhoven)
  • Catharina Ziekenhuis (Eindhoven)
  • Kemenhaeghe (Heeze)
  • MMC (Eindhoven)
  • MMC (Veldhoven)
  • TU/e (Eindhoven)
  • UMC Utrecht (Utrecht)

Registration PPMT

The course is FULL, it is not longer possible to register for PPMT 2023.

2024: the registrationlink will follow after the course in 2023. If you would like to receive the registration form for 2024, please send your request to Thank You !

Course content & information