MRI: The Science, The Art, The Research

17 category “A” credits approved by the ASRT






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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.

2012 Conference - MRI: the Science, the Art, the Research


The goal of the conference is to provide continuing education in MRI physics, neuro, cardiac, and musculoskeletal imaging with a focus on advanced techniques in MRI such as fMRI, ASL, spectroscopy, and highlight the importance of image based research and future applications. The target audience includes Radiologic Technologists, MRI Technologists, department managers, and students nationwide.


The first day of the conference will allow our speakers to interact with Kim Cecil, Ph.D on the campus of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The second and third days will take place at the award winning Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, one of the world’s finest examples of French Art Deco, where rooms have been made available at a discounted rate. Continental breakfast, lunch, break refreshment and reception hors d’oeuvres are included.


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’s 3T, 7T, Micro CT, and the new 1.5T ONI laboratories are available upon appointment with Scott Dunn.

*Earn up to 17 ASRT Credits. Each presentation is approved for 1 category “A” credit by the ASRT.


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Thursday September 6, 2012

Featuring -- Dr. Kim Cecil, PhD

12:00-12:50 The Physics and Chemistry of MR Spectroscopy
12:50-13:40 Practical How-to’s for Acquisition and Processing of MR Spectroscopy
13:40-14:00 Break
14:00-14:50 Protocols, Problems, Pitfalls in Conducting MRS
14:50-15:40 Interpretation of MR Spectroscopy


Friday September 7, 2012

07:00-08:50 Registration/Coffee
08:50-09:00 Welcome and Introductions
09:00-09:55 Clinical Applications of Functional Imaging in Children
--Dr. Jim Leach, M.D.
09:55-10:45 Methods and Applications of Cardiac Imaging
--Dr. Michael D. Taylor, MD
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:55 Keys to a Successful Post-processing Department
--Rhonda S. Strunk, RT (R)(CT)
11:55-12:00 Question and Answer
12:00-12:50 Research Animal MRI: A How-to Guide with Case Studies
--Dr. Diana Lindquist, Ph.D
12:50-13:00 Introduction and Announcements
13:00-13:55 Lunch
13:55-14:50 RF Coil Design and Application
--Wolfgang Loew/Randy Giaquinto
14:50-15:45 Female Pelvis
--Vera Miller B.S., R.T.
15:45-16:00 Question and Answer
16:30-18:30 Reception


Saturday September 8, 2012

07:00-08:50 Registration/Coffee
08:50-09:00 Welcome and Introductions
09:00-09:55 MRI Contrast Agents
--Carolyn Roth
09:55-10:45 MRI Contrast Agents and Molecular Imaging
--Dr. Patrick Winter, Ph.D
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:55 Arterial Spin Labeling
--Dr. Scott K. Holland, 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 Veterinary MRI
--Jim Stuppino B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)
13:55-14:50 How to Do It Faster? Rapid Imaging in MRI
--Carolyn Roth R.T(R)(M)(MR)(CT)(CV)
14:50-15:45 MRI: What's on the Horizon?
--Dr. Charles Dumoulin, Ph.D
15:45-16:00 Question and Answer - Closing


Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45229
Research Auditorium (S Building)

Please join us on September 6th, 2012 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center campus for a unique half day lecture with Kim Cecil, Ph.D. This half day will begin at 12:00pm and conclude at 16:00pm. Imaging Research Center staff will be at the front doors of the S building directing you to the Research Auditorium. Click here for a campus map.


Hilton Netherland Plaza

35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Also, please join us on September 7th & 8th, 2012 at The Hilton Netherland Plaza for two full-day conference sessions. The Hilton is providing conference attendees with rooms at a discounted rate ($129.00 + 17% tax). Please call 1-800-445-8667 and mention the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Imaging Research Center MRI Conference (code CCHMC / Imaging Research Center), 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 17 category A Continuing Education Credits. Continental breakfast, lunch, break refreshment and reception hors d’oeuvres are included. Catering will be by the hotel restaurant.

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.



  • Option A: Full Conference Registration (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) conference attendee: $400.00
  • Option B: Technologist Half Day with Kim Cecil Ph.D: $60.00
  • Option C: Technologist Friday only Registration: $180.00
  • Option D: Technologist Saturday only Registration: $180.00
  • Option E: Technologist Friday and Saturday Registration: $350.00
  • Option F: Student Full Access: $80.00

*Students must show proof that they are registered in an academic program.
*If three or more attendees register together, then a discount of $15.00 will apply to all registrant(s) in the group.


                                                                                                                      Reserve a room at the Hilton Netherland Hotel
                                                                                                                                      Mention code "CCHMC / Imaging Research Center" if you call


Registrants, who prefer conventional receipts, please contact , or via phone 513-803-2297.



If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact the event coordinator .


Note: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the schedule and speakers are subject to change. ASRT credit hours are pending for these activities, details to follow.