Education

Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Dartmouth College

M.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of Rhode Island

B.S., Mechanical Engineering
University of Rhode Island

Contact Information

Email
615-343-8336
5923 Stevenson Center
VU Mailbox: PMB 351631, Nashville, TN 37235-1631 USA


Michael Miga

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Professor of Neurological Surgery

Research Focus

The focus of the Biomedical Modeling Laboratory (BML) is the development of new paradigms in detection, diagnosis, characterization, and treatment of disease through the integration of computational models into research and clinical practice.

Current Projects

MODEL-UPDATED IMAGE-GUIDED SURGERY 
In the past, clinicians skilled at image-guided surgery have relied solely on preoperative scans for their navigational information. Often in the course of surgery, tissue is purposely retracted/resected or inadvertently moved resulting in a significant misregistration between the preoperative scans and the current state of the operating field. This research proposes to use a model-updating image-guided technique which employs standard image-guided techniques augmented by a predictive model which is driven by low-cost intraoperatively acquired data (e.g. surface deformation measurements, and co-registered ultrasound).

Publications

S. L. Barnes, P. P. Young, M. I. Miga, 'A novel model-gel-tissue assay analysis for comparing tumor elastic properties to collagen content', Biomechanics and Modelling in Mechanobiology, (in press), 2009 [PDF].

P. Dumpuri, R. C. Thompson, A. Cao, S. Ding, I. Garg, B. M. Dawant, and M. I. Miga, 'A fast efficient method to compensate for brain shift for tumor resection therapies measured between preoperative and postoperative tomograms', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, (in press), 2009 [PDF].

C.C. R. Chen, M. I. Miga, and R. L. Galloway, 'Optimizing electrode placement using finite-element models in radiofrequency ablation treatment planning', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 56, No. 2, 2009 [PDF].

S. Ding, M. I. Miga, J. H. Noble, A. Cao, P. Dumpuri, R. C. Thompson, and B. M. Dawant, 'Semi-automatic registration of pre- and postbrain tumor resection laser range data: Method and validation',IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 56, No. 3, 2009 [PDF].

R. Ong, C. L. Glisson, S. D. Herrel, M. I. Miga, R. L. Galloway, ‘A deformation model for non-rigid registration of the kidney’, SPIE Medical Imaging 2009: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling Conference, (in press), 2009 [PDF].

P. Dumpuri, L. W. Clements, R. Li, J. M. Waite, J. D. Stefansic, D. A. Geller, M. I. Miga, B. M. Dawant, 'Comparison of pre/post-operative CT image volumes to preoperative digitization of partial hepatectomies: A feasibility study in surgical validation', SPIE Medical Imaging 2009: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling Conference, (in press), 2009 [PDF].

S. Ding, M. I. Miga, R. C. Thompson, I. Garg, B. M. Dawant, 'Automatic segmentation of cortical vessels in pre- and post- tumor resection laser range scan images', SPIE Medical Imaging 2009: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling Conference, (in press), 2009 [PDF].

D. Hackworth, P. Dumpuri, and M. I. Miga, 'A dual compute resource strategy for computational model-assisted therapeutic interventions', SPIE Medical Imaging 2009: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling Conference, (in press), 2009 [PDF].

Biography

Dr. Miga joined the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department in the fall of 2000. His expertise is in the area of numerical methods and biomedical modeling and is currently the director of the Biomedical Modeling Laboratory. The focus of the Biomedical Modeling Laboratory is on developing new paradigms in detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease through the integration of computational models into clinical decision-making practices. He teaches courses in numerical methods, computational modeling for biomedical applications and biomechanics.


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