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Miss Rachel Sparks
Appointment
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography
I received my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey under the supervision of Dr. Anant Madabhushi in 2014 where I developed novel algorithms for prostate cancer analysis and registration of prostate MRI and transrectal ultrasound. I am currently a post doctoral research associate at CMIC where I am developing algorithms for real time surgical planning and guidance for the Epilepsy-Navigator (EpiNavTM) software platform.
Research Summary
I am currently leading the development of the Epilepsy-Navigator (EpiNavTM) software platform. EpiNavTM provides tools for pre-operative analysis and interactive surgical planning in the treatment of epileptic patients. Pre-operative image analysis tools allow users to perform image registration, brain parcellation, and vessel extraction to allow for mutli-modal visualization and assessment of brain anatomy. Computer-assisted planning of multiple stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG) electrodes simultaneously enables efficient planning of intracranial electrode implantations. Planning SEEG implantations involves optimizing several criteria simultaneously including: (1) each electrode must sample a target area within the cortex, (2) each electrode must avoid hitting critical structures (e.g. blood vessels, cerebrospinal tracts), and (3) electrodes must not interfere with each other.
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