Medical Image Analysis Lab (MIAL)

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia
What the facility does

Research on computational algorithms for the analysis of biomedical images and their applications in biomedicine

Areas of expertise

Medical imaging is revolutionizing medicine, as it allows scientists, clinicians, and researchers to peer inside the living body. Our lab develops automated and interactive computational methods and mathematical models for extracting useful information from these images. Our research is especially critical, giving the continuously increasing number, resolution, and complexity of biomedical images collected at multiple scales using different modalities for numerous medical applications. Our lab’s techniques are needed to track, diagnose and treat pathologies, as well as to build models of normal anatomy and function. Our application areas include: neurology, cardiology, dermatology, surgery, radiology, urology, musculoskeletal, pediatrics, radiation therapy, and linguistics.

Research services

2D and 3D image processing and analysis, shape modeling and analysis, medical imaging analytics, quantitative medical imaging, medical computer vision solutions, machine learning for medicine, big data in medicine

Sectors of application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment


3D image processing and visualization work stations and servers

3D medical imaging software

  • McKesson Medical Imaging
  • Halifax Biomedical Inc.
  • BC Cancer Agency
  • Vancouver General Hospital
  • Lions Gate Hospital
  • BC Children's Hospital
  • Multiple Sclerosis / Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Group at UBC (UBC MS/MRI)
  • Pacific Parkinsons Research Institute



Publications by Prof. Beg

Virtual worms crawl through 3-D medical images

Andrew Top wins innovation award for paper on 3D biomedical images

Best paper award recognizes MRI advances

Medical Image Analysis with ITK on Apple iOS

Technology for Doctors, Research at university

lab is shaping up - Non-invasive 3D image diagnostics