Instrumentation and Control Systems addresses the basic principles of modern instrumentation and control systems, including examples of the latest devices, techniques and applications in a clear and readable style. Unlike the majority of books in this field, only a minimal prior knowledge of mathematical methods is assumed. The book focuses on providing a comprehensive introduction to the subject, with Laplace presented in a simple and easily accessible form, complimented by an outline of the mathematics that would be required to progress to more advanced levels of study.
The overall approach of this book makes it an ideal text for all introductory level undergraduate courses in control engineering and instrumentation. It is fully in line with latest syllabus requirements, and also covers, in full, the requirements of the Instrumentation & Control Principles and Control Systems & Automation units of the new Higher National Engineering syllabus from Edexcel.
Quality assurance is an institutional responsibility and therefore requires the collaboration of all care providers and support staff. Physicists are charged with ensuring optimal functioning of instrumentation and software but are rarely present during the immediate course of clinical care. Technologists are often the first to witness anomalies, whether it is patient compliance, equipment failure, or inappropriate requisitions. It is vital that technologists are empowered to resolve errors when appropriate and to freely communicate concerns and observations within the circle of care. Imaging physicians and radiation oncologists routinely view image and other clinical data and are therefore well positioned to identify errors and artifacts in a timely manner. Thus, they should be well trained to identify these anomalies and to draw attention to them in a timely manner. The biomedical engineering team is charged with ensuring that maintenance is performed to the highest standard and in coordination with the manufacturer's guidelines. Finally, the management team is essential to emphasizing the value of quality and supporting it with adequate resources.
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