Physics and Physiology behind Medical Technology

(before Applied physiology)

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.

The teachers in this course are clinicians, (eMTIC) researchers and physicists who are directly involved in diagnostics, monitoring and treatment. Topics are treated in two blocks, you can subscribe for block1, block2 or both or for separate days.

Clinical phycisists (in training) and other (bio-) medical engineers and 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 language
The course will be provide in English. However, when only Dutch audience will be present, the language will be Dutch.

•the course will be provided once every 1 or 1 1/2 years.
•the course takes 5 coursedays with interactive colleges
•the course can be taken as a whole or in seperate blocks or days
•the couse will be provided by clinicians, (eMTIC) 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.* ontvangt de cursist een certificaat
•the course has a studyload of 3 ECTS (when taken the full coure).
•With separate course days you will receive separate Day-certificates.

Courseformat: PPMT Programme 2019

Cursusdates 2019
September 9-10-11-23-24 2019 + Comebac Day on October 28, 2019

Cursusdates 2020
September 7-8-9, October 5-6 oktober, 2020 and Comeback Day on December 7, 2020

Block 1 (3 days + 1 Comeback Day*): September 9-10-11, 2019 + Comeback Day, October 28, 2019

  • 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
  • Nervous system
  • 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

Blok 2  (2 days + 1 Comeback Day*): September 23-24, 2019 + Comeback Day on October 28, 2019

  • 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
  • Presentation literature study  in groups (Come back Day*)

*Comeback Day: Monday, October 28, 2019:
On the Comeback Day, health technology management and the roles of engineers in a hospital will be discussed in the morning (only for Dutch speaking persons).
In the afternoon, every attendee* will provide a short presentation on new technology which will be reviewed by the course coordinator (in English, so accessible and welcome to all PPMT trainees).
* Every attendee who has subscrided for the full course


  • Carola van Pul
  • Contact-persoon: Ivonne Lammerts
  • Office SMPE/e: Annebee Langenhuizen-Keulen


  • 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,-
  • Costs are inclusive lunch
  • Costs PhD studenten: € 450,- for full course, Block 1: € 360,-, Block 2: 250,-, € 100,- for a separate day.


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

2019: You can register with this online Registrationform PPMT 2019.
2020: You can register with this online Registrationform PPMT 2020.

Max. number of participants is 24 (FULL=FULL)

More info
SMPE/e-cursusvoorwaarden 2019/2020 / SMPE/e Course conditions 2019/2020
Physics & Physiology behind Medical Technology PPMT course information