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Before choosing course

The importance of implants for health care is growing. In Sweden 60 000 lenses, 7000 hipreplacements, 4000 pacemakers and 2000 cardiac valves are implanted annually. Examples of successful Swedish enterprises in the area are Pacesetter, Nobelpharma and Pharmacia. The course encompasses technical and clinical aspects on implants with emphasis on biomaterials.

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus HL2005 (Autumn 2019–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Implantation, Transplantation, Legislation
  • Passive/Active Implants, EU Quality Aspects
  • Implant Biomaterials
  • Orthopaedic  Implants
  • Cardiovascular Implantats (Passive)
  • Active Implants (artificial hearts, pacemaker etc.)
  • Implantable Stimulators and Sensors
  • Neural Prostheses

Intended learning outcomes

The course participants should after finished course be able to:

  • Describe: the terminology of the field; the differences between transplantations; prevailing legislation and rules
  • Outline the different types of transplantations, clinical problems, and organ supply.
  • Explain what a biomaterial is and describe differences between biomaterials.
  • Choose a biomaterial for a given application and motivate the reasons.
  • Discuss and analyse different implants: their function; limitations and associated risks; medical background and clinical need
  • From  basic physiological principles reflect over: the function of implants and biomaterials; procedures for clinical application

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

HL2006 Medical engineering, basic course or corresponding course

Recommended prerequisites

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Lecture material

Additional reading: Biomaterials Science, 3rd edition, Buddy Ratner, Allan Hoffman, Frederick Schoen, Jack Lemons. ISBN: 9780123746269

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • RED1 - Presentation of Individual Work, 1,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 5,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam

Presentation of individual work

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web HL2005

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

SH2320 Radiation Detectors and Medical Imaging Systems, 7,5 cr.
HL2004 Engineering in intensive care and anesthesia, 6 cr.
HL2003 Radiation physics and biology, 6 cr.

HL2002 Medical instrumentation and signal processing, 6 cr.
HL1000 Quality and regulatory aspects on medical devices, 3 cr.


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