Medical Informatics for Engineers

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16INZB KZ 2 1+1 Czech
Tomáš Urban (guarantor)
Tomáš Urban (guarantor)
Department of Dosimetry and Application of Ionizing Radiation

Students are introduced into the basic concepts of using information technologies in medical application. They gain basic knowledge of UNIX, X-Windows, networking with TCP-IP protocol, types of storage and back-up of data, network and data security, and how to avoid data misuse. Next, they will be indroduced into the opportunities of achieving, processing, and storing medical images, formats of medical data (DICOM), native medical networks (PACS), and systems of pacient monitoring. Short basic excersises are included.


basic computer skills

Syllabus of lectures:

1.Introduction into information technologies

2.Basic use of computer networks

3. Fundamentals of network architectures , TCP / IP protocol

4. Introduction to Linux

5. Basic concepts of secure communications

6. Principles of Symmetrical and Asymmetric Data Encryption

7. Basic DICOM standard

8. Basic concept PACS

9. Possibility digital image processing

10. Reconstruction of tomographic images

11. Options for storing large data, backup

12. Batch processing jobs

13. Selected Topics in practical medical informatics

Syllabus of tutorials:

Lessons are held in the computer lab with an installed Linux OS . Discussed / lecturer is on selected topics directly demonstrated and practiced . Exercises outline follows the outline of lecture.

Study Objective:


To gain basic knowledge and practical skills in the area of IT use in health care.


Mastering the basics of selected SW, medical information systems and file formats used in medicine.

Study materials:

Key references:

[1] Hoyt, Sutton, Yoshihashi: Medical Informatics: Practical Guide for the Healthcare Professional; Lulu.com, 2009. ISBN 9780557133239.

[2] Huang: PACS and Imaging Informatics: Basic Principles And Applications; John Wiley & Sons, 2009. ISBN 9780470373729.

[3] Bushberg et al.: The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging, 3rd Edition, Wiliams & Wilkims, 2011. ISBN 9781451118100.

[4] Nelson, Ramona and Staggers, Nancy: Health informatics: an interprofessional approach. Second edition. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier, 2018. ISBN 9780323402316.

Recommended references:

[5] Hebda, Toni a Czar, Patricia: Handbook of informatics for nurses & healthcare professionals. 5th ed. Boston: Pearson, 2013. ISBN 0132574950.

[6] Shortliffe, Perreault et. al: Medical Informatics, 2nd Edition, Springer 2001. ISBN 9780387217215

Study aids :

- Computer classroom ( Linux OS )

- Software for digital image processing in medical formats

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