Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 1-31-2006

Degree Name

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering - (M.S.)


Biomedical Engineering

First Advisor

Richard A. Foulds

Second Advisor

Reenajit Kaur

Third Advisor

Sergei Adamovich


New York-Presbyterian Hospital is one of the most comprehensive university hospitals in the world, with leading specialists in every field of medicine. It is composed of two renowned medical centers, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The hospital's strategic planning group identified the need to expand the Interventional Neuroradiology service that the hospital provides. This brought upon the need to form a committee to plan the construction of an Interventional Neuroradiology. The problem statement of this thesis is to prepare a best practices guideline from a clinical engineering perspective on constructing the three Interventional Neuroradiology suites to meet the project deadline. The clinical engineer's role is to apply all sorts of engineering, business, financial, and entrepreneurship knowledge to meet the demands of its customers, the healthcare providers.

The three main stages of deployment in a large institute include Planning, Acquiring and Deploying. In these three stages, the clinical engineer plays a key role and is typically the critical path towards planning the suite around the equipment selection. The equipment selection process requires a thorough assessment of the current condition of equipment as well as a replacement proposal. The replacement proposal would include a technology assessment of the currently available technologies, conducting a needs assessment in the hospital, selecting appropriate vendors based on market share and product evaluations, preparing bid specifications and analyzing vendor responses.

Finally, the clinical engineer is responsible for scheduling equipment delivery and installation and training for all the clinicians and support staff as well as biomedical technicians who are responsible of maintaining the equipment.



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