HEMI Fellow: Prof. Muyinatu ‘Bisi’ Bell, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

HEMI Fellow: Prof. Muyinatu ‘Bisi’ Bell, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering


My name is Muyinatu Bell. I am an assistant professor in the Department
of Electrical and Computer Engineering. My areas of expertise are: broadly speaking – medical imaging, more finely – medical imaging as it relates to sound and light. So I work with ultrasound images as well as this new emerging field called photo-acoustic imaging, that combines optical emission with
sound reception. So the connection between electrical engineering
and the medical school is that we design the technology that helps the surgeons, or that
helps the clinicians or the radiologists, to perform their job better. We develop the signal processing so that they
can have more confidence in the way the images are displayed or the way that the images are
presented to them, in order to make their diagnosis. We’ve shown in the PULSE Lab that we can process
the ultrasound signals received by a traditional sonogram . With our coherence-based approach
to imaging, we can use this to distinguish masses that might be benign and fluid-filled, from masses
that might be cancerous but have similar amplitude to those benign fluid-filled masses and might
be a cause for confusion when making a diagnosis. And so, these are some of the joys that I
find in doing my research each day: leading my lab, advising my students, thinking broadly
about the clinical impact of our work and making sure that we’re not just designing
things because we think it’s fun and cool, but we’re designing things because we know
that they will solve a real problem that someone’s suffering from today as we speak.

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