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Vincent J. Schmithorst, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Radiology

Phone: 513-636-3922


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Cortical Reorganization in children with unilateral sensorineural hearing loss using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); the development of language function in children using fMRI; white matter maturation in children's brains using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI); analysis techniques for fMRI data and functional connectivity


Dr. Schmithorst is a physicist by training with BS, MS, and PhD degrees from the University of Cincinnati. Schmithorst's thesis was on utilizing an ionizing radiation detector in digital projection radiography to separate bone from soft-tissue components using information from the penetration depth of the x-ray beam.

Dr. Schmithorst came to the Imaging research Center in the Fall of 1997. He is currently engaged in research projects involving the:

  • Development of language function and math processing in children using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
  • Investigation of the correlation of musical training with math ability on school-age children using fMRI, white matter maturation in children's brains using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
  • Development of appropriate fMRI data acquisition and post-processing techniques in subjects with developmental or acquired communication disorders
  • Use of information-theoretic methods, such as Independent Component Analysis (ICA), for analysis for fMRI data

As part of his research efforts, Schmithorst has authored Cincinnati Children's Hospital Image Processing Software (CCHIPS), an extensive software suite for MRI image reconstruction and post-processing in the Interactive Data Language (IDL) programming environment. CCHIPS is available free of charge for research purposes only to all interested parties.

Education and Training

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1997.


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