Medical technology is a science where technical, physical and mathematical methods are used to better describe human physiological functions and to develop new solutions for prevention, diagnostics, monitoring and disease treatment.
Medical technology is a subject area that is interdisciplinary. It integrates physics, mathematics, life sciences and engineering in order to study issues in biology, medicine, health care systems to improve our health and quality of life.
Medical technology provides knowledge at all levels from the molecular to the organ system level. Medical devices range from patches or implants to advanced equipment for imaging the brain or radiation therapy for cancerous tumors. Digital solutions for e-health such as e.g. medical records in electronic form belong to the category of medical technology. Slightly simplified, it can be said that most things that fit in a hospital apart from medicines belong to the category of medical technology, and current research questions are therefore often based on relevant medical or clinical needs. We conduct research that is rooted in current societal challenges in close collaboration with other actors, with the aim of generating value outside the research community as well.
Our current projects in the subject area at Luleå University of Technology include developing methods for early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease, and developing new techniques to study and influence cell signaling that can contribute to improved wound healing.