Michael Insana

Michael Insana
Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering
(217) 244-0739
4247 Beckman Institute

Research Topics

  • Bioimaging at Multi-Scale


  • Ph.D. Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1983

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Research Topics

  • Bioimaging at Multi-Scale

Research Interests

  • Medical imaging systems development particularly for applications breast cancer, vascular disease, and kidney disease. Ultrasonics, signal processing, signal detection, elasticity imaging, soft tissue biomechanics, polymer mechanics, complex system modeling.

Research Statement

Laboratory research focuses on the development of novel ultrasonic instrumentation and methods for imaging soft tissue microstructure, viscoelasticity and blood flow. The goal is to understand basic mechanisms of cancerous lesion formation, metastatic progression, responses to therapy, and sources of image contrast. Research includes the fundamentals of imaging system design and performance evaluation, signal processing, detection and estimation. The lab uses polymer hydrogels to develop models of visco- and poroelastic behavior of soft tissues for cancer imaging. Insana's lab also investigates spatio-temporal filtering for noise reduction and enhanced spatial resolution with applications in breast elasticity imaging and arterial-wall shear-stress estimation.

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • M.F. Insana and S.A. Wickline (editors), Proceedings of the IEEE, Volume 96, No. 3, Special Issue: "Multimodality Biomolecular Imaging", March Issue 2008.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Selected Articles in Journals

Journal Editorships

  • Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Trans Medical Imaging (2015-2020).


  • Life Fellow of the IEEE - 2020 (2020)
  • Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America - 2009
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics - 1999

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