University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Electromagnetics applications in medicine with a focus on clinical translation.

Our current research focuses on developing microwave ablation devices and techniques, building numerical tissue models for multiphysics simulation, optimizing devices with computational assistance, and improving imaging feedback for minimally invasive therapies. We are integrated with the clinical interventional oncology program to ensure clinical impact.

Our group comprises researchers from many disciplines. We welcome individuals of any race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, or disability status.

Latest Publications (All Publications)

Development of water content dependent tissue dielectric property models

Niemeier S, Brace CL.
IEEE J Electromagn RF Microw Med Biol; in press, 2018.

Comparison of conventional and cone-beam CT for guiding and assessing pulmonary microwave ablation

Meram E, Longhurst C, Brace CL, Laeseke PF.
J Vasc Interv Radiol; 29:1447-1454, 2018. PDF

Quantifying optical properties with visible and near-infrared optical coherence tomography to visualize esophageal microwave ablation zones

Niemier R, Etoz S, Gil D, Skala M, Brace CL, Rogers JD.
Biomed Optics Exp; 9:1648-1663, 2018. PDF

Combination therapies: quantifying the effects of transarterial embolization on microwave ablation zones

Knavel E, Green CM, Gendron-Fitzpatrick A, Brace CL, Laeseke PF
J Vasc Interv Radiol; 29:1050-1056, 2018. PDF

Combination transarterial chemoembolization and microwave ablation improves local tumor control for 3- to 5-cm hepatocellular carcinoma when compared with transarterial chemoembolization alone

Smolock A, Cristescu M, Hinshaw A, Woo K, Wells SA, Ziemlewicz TJ, Lubner MG, Dalvie PS, Hinshaw JL, Brace CL, Ozkan OS, Lee FT Jr, Laeseke PF.
Abdominal Radiol; 43:2497-2504, 2018.

Current Projects

Ablation Tools

Design, fabrication and testing of microwave ablation devices and other tools for image-guided procedures.

Computational Methods

Simulation of electromagnetics, heat transfer, mass transfer and mechanical deformation; development of numerical models; and optimization techniques for computer-assisted design.

Imaging and Procedures

CT, ultrasound, MRI and optical techniques for preclinical and clinical evaluation.