Announcing the 2012 Conference!!

IRC MRI Conference 2011

MRI: Imaging for Today and Research for Tomorrow

September 23-24, 2011 - Cincinnati, OH



History of Organization

In 1994, the Department of Radiology established the Imaging Research Center as part of its research arm at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The installation of a 3T MRI was one of only three at medical research centers and was the first at a pediatric institution. During those early years, experts at Cincinnati Children’s developed a set of standard brain measures that have been cited in more than 300 research papers by investigators worldwide. The Center is now an interdisciplinary research laboratory that has as some of its resources four 1.5T MRI scanners, and, two identical, state of the art, 3T whole body MRI systems used for development and transition of imaging applications to clinical usage. The Center also supports the only 7T preclinical system in the region. Through the support of external grants, the Department of Radiology and the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation, the Center conducts research in and provides access to state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technologies related to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in children of all ages and adults. It provides access to advanced analytical imaging and image post-processing methods for collaborators involved in basic and clinical research at CCHMC and University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) for the purpose of advancing the research goals of both institutions. The Department of Radiology at Cincinnati Children’s, through its commitment to research continues to provide expertise in clinical imaging in a timely manner, improve imaging knowledge, and advance technology in diagnostic imaging to be applied towards the diagnosis, understanding, treatment, and prevention of pediatric diseases.

The Conference

The Imaging Research Center is holding a two day MRI conference on September 23 and 24 of 2011. The conference will take place at the award winning Art Deco Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, where rooms have been made available at a discounted rate. Continental breakfast, lunch and the reception will be catered by the Netherland Plaza restaurant staff. The goal of the conference is to provide continuing education in MRI physics, MRI safety, pediatric neuro and musculoskeletal imaging with a focus on advanced techniques in MRI imaging such as fMRI, DTI and ASL, and highlight the importance of image based research and future applications. The target audience includes Radiologic Technologists, MRI Technologists, department managers, and students nationwide.

This will be an interactive conference where attendees will participate in question and answer sessions to gain further knowledge on each topic. They will also have the opportunity to visit sponsors and discuss products and possible solutions for their department. Speakers will be available for individual discussion and tours of the Imaging Research Center 3T and 7T laboratories. Tours can be arranged by appointment.

There will be poster presentations and a reception at the close of the first day where attendees will be able to network with sponsors, speakers, and colleagues.


Friday September 23, 2011

08:30 to 16:50

07:00-08:45 Registration/Coffee
08:50-09:00 Welcome and Introductions
09:00-09:55 Advanced Methods in Pediatric Neuro Imaging
--Dr. Jim Leach, M.D.
09:55-10:45 Clinical and Research Applications of DTI
--Dr. Weihong Yuan, Ph.D.
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:55 MRI physics review
--Bill Faulkner, B.S., R.T(R)(MR)(CT), FSMRT
11:55-12:00 Question and Answer
12:00-12:50 TBD
--To Be Determined...
12:50-13:00 Introduction and Announcements
13:00-13:55 Lunch
13:55-14:50 MR Spectroscopy
--Dr. Kim Cecil, Ph.D.
14:50-15:45 Optimizing 3.0T Imaging
--Bill Faulkner, B.S., R.T(R)(MR)(CT), FSMRT
15:45-16:00 Question and Answer
16:30-18:30 Reception/Poster Presentation


Saturday September 24, 2011

08:00 to 16:15

07:00-08:45 Registration/Coffee
08:50-09:00 Welcome and Introductions
09:00-09:55 MRI Safety
--Dr. Frank Shellock, Ph.D.
09:55-10:45 Coil Design and Application
--Wolfgang Loew/Randy Giaquinto
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:55 Parallel Imaging and Clinical Applications
--Dr. Yu Li, Ph.D.
11:55-12:00 Question and Answer
12:00-12:50 Lunch
12:50-13:00 Introduction and Announcements
13:00-13:55 Cardiac Imaging
--Dr. Janaka Wansapura, Ph.D.
13:55-14:50 Uses of MRI in research
--Dr. Chuck Dumoulin, Ph.D.
14:50-15:45 Animal Imaging
--Dr. Diana Lindquist, Ph.D.
15:45-16:00 Question and Answer
16:15-17:15 Imaging Research Center Tours


Hilton Netherland Plaza

35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


The Hilton Netherland Plaza is providing conference attendees with rooms at a discounted rate ($125.00 + 17% tax). Please call 1-800-445-8667 and mention the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital MRI Conference (code CIR), or visit their website for more information.


The IRC has chosen the Hilton Netherland Plaza as the conference site for its convenience, amenities, unique and elegant décor, and affordability. Our goal is to make this a comfortable, enjoyable, and interactive forum geared toward the Technologist while providing useful, educational information worthy of 14 (pending) category A Continuing Education Credits.


If you are staying at the Netherland Plaza or just coming for a day, it is not difficult to find your way around Cincinnati. There are garages and surface parking nearby and through the hotel as well as a variety of public transportation.