HL2005 Implants and Biomaterials 6.0 credits

Implantat och biomaterial

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The information on this page is based on a course syllabus that is not yet valid.

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.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Electrical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

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 main content

  • 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


HL2006 Medical engineering, basic course or corresponding course


Lecture material

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


  • RED1 - Presentation of Individual Work, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 5.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written exam

Presentation of individual work

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems


Tobias Nyberg, tobias.nyberg@sth.kth.se


Tobias Nyberg <tnybe@kth.se>

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.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.