This Wiki page is initiated to share resources on medical instrumentation, and sensors in general. What we see in practice, is that measurement methods and tools for monitoring the human body are freely available for the professional market. In addition, many technical journal papers describe the basic functionality from physiology to electronics and algorithms. However, when students or researchers need to customise measurement methods for sports, care or cure purposes, there appears to be a huge gap. Universities have the knowledge to replicate and customize equipment, but do not see the challenge or need to do so. Equipment from the market can not be customized, or is too bulky or too expensive. This Wiki community is intended to become an open platform to close this gap by sharing reference designs for explorative medical instrumentation.
The method used is development by students and for students. For example, with Electrical Engineering students we develop an electrophysiological amplifier. It is documented in such a way that it can be replicated by someone who is less experienced with electronics. Subsequently, a design student can work on an electrode integrated in textile. With these ingredients, a psychology or sports technology student is facilitated in doing field experiments for monitoring the influence of human behaviour on heart rate.
Before you use or make something, read the page on electrical safety and the ethics of experimenting on the human body first.
As of September 2016, the work on this page is part of a Fontys Engineering research line Distributed Sensor Systems.
The name of the Wiki changed from “Instrumentation for Health” to “Sensor Systems” with the subtitle “.. for Healthcare Applications”.
The reason is an alignment with the Fontys research line for Sensor Systems. The applications and project on this Wiki have become broader than HealthCare Instrumentation only. It is about measuring states and quantities around the human body, but not only restricted to that application field.
Besides a broadening of the scope, I have moved the reader of two Fontys courses completely to this Wiki: these are the Measurement, Modelling and Simulation first year course, and the Sensor Technology course for the fourth year.
A page was added with some topics on microcontrollers. The simplest way to implement a microcontroller solution is to use Simplified Arduino Microcontroller Boards. There is also a link added to a microcontroller course which is based on Arduino, but uses the ANSI-C language to go down to bitlevel manipulation for accessing registers.
After a successful student project, a simple bio-amplifier is now added to this site. The bio-amplifier is based on an instrumentation amplifier, and can be used to measure bi-polar ECG and EMG. It has the option to use a third active electrode to remove common effects (a driven-right-leg).
After about five years on my personal geertlangereis.nl domain, the SensorWiki was moved to a Fontys domain. It has become http://www.fontyssensorwiki.nl. The reason is that more and more projects are developed with Fontys University students and that the theory pages have become an integral part of education.