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Cara E. Morin, MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Radiologist, Division of Radiology and Medical Imaging
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Radiology



My clinical area of expertise is pediatric radiology, specializing in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart and abdomen. I’m also a researcher working to improve the efficiency and quality of MRI pictures in children of all ages. My work focuses on developing and optimizing rapid MRI sequences, enhancing access to pediatric-specific MRI sequences, and developing and studying the role of quantitative MRI sequences in improving diagnosis.

I have three children, and I often envision them in the MRI scanner trying to follow the instructions we give patients to obtain the best images. I’m not sure my children could follow the instructions, which leads me to believe that we need to make the process easier for all patients. For example, an MRI of the heart and abdomen requires patients to hold their breath for the best image quality. Working with physicists, we’re developing new strategies to eliminate the need for breath-holding, which is very difficult for some children and impossible for babies or sedated children. We’re also improving quantitative MRI sequences, which will hopefully improve the diagnostic accuracy of many different diseases, including liver and renal tumors.

PhD: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2009.

MD: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2011

Residency: University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, 2016

MRI Fellowship: Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD, 2017

Pediatric Radiology Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2018.


Pediatric radiology

Services and Specialties

Radiology, Radiology and Medical Imaging, Rare Lung Diseases


MRI of the heart and abdomen


Gadolinium-based contrast media does not improve the staging of neuroblastoma image-defined risk factors at diagnosis. Morin, CE; Hasweh, R; Anton, C; Dillman, JR; Orscheln, E; Smith, EA; Kotagal, M; Weiss, BD; Ouyang, J; Zhang, B; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2024; 71:e30724.

Myocardial Fibrosis Improves in Young Patients with Sickle Cell Disease after Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Sharma, A; Merlocco, A; Morin, C; Selukar, S; Bi, Y; Goode, C; Rai, P; Triplett, BM; Towbin, J; Hankins, JS; et al. Blood. 2023; 142:2518.

Cancer Therapy-related Hepatic Injury in Children: Imaging Review from the Pediatric LI-RADS Working Group. Morin, CE; Kolbe, AB; Alazraki, A; Chavhan, GB; Gill, A; Infante, J; Khanna, G; Nguyen, HN; O’neill, AF; Rees, MA; et al. Radiographics : a review publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc. 2023; 43:e230007.

Microbiota Predict Infections and Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease After Pediatric Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Margolis, EB; Alfaro, GM; Sun, Y; Dallas, RH; Allison, KJ; Ferrolino, J; Ross, HS; Davis, AE; Jia, Q; Turner, P; et al. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2023; 228:627-636.

Respiratory-Triggered Flow-Independent Noncontrast Non-ECG-Gated MRV (REACT) Versus CE-MRV for Central Venous Evaluation in Children and Young Adults: A Six-Reader Study. Betz, LH; Dillman, JR; Towbin, AJ; Anton, CG; Chavhan, GB; Crotty, EJ; Morin, CE; Pace, E; Sreedher, G; Zhang, B; et al. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2023; 221:240-248.

Quantitative MRI of diffuse liver diseases: techniques and tissue-mimicking phantoms. Tipirneni-Sajja, A; Brasher, S; Shrestha, U; Johnson, H; Morin, C; Satapathy, SK. Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology, and Medicine. 2023; 36:529-551.

Imaging of pediatric pancreas tumors: A COG Diagnostic Imaging Committee/SPR Oncology Committee White Paper. Eklund, MJ; States, LJ; Acord, MR; Alazraki, AL; Behr, GG; El-Ali, AM; Morin, CE; Saigal, G; Shet, NS; Thacker, PG; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2023; 70 Suppl 4:e29975.

Imaging of pediatric liver tumors: A COG Diagnostic Imaging Committee/SPR Oncology Committee White Paper. Schooler, GR; Infante, JC; Acord, M; Alazraki, A; Chavhan, GB; Davis, JC; Khanna, G; Morani, AC; Morin, CE; Nguyen, HT N; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2023; 70 Suppl 4:e29965.

Imaging of pediatric adrenal tumors: A COG Diagnostic Imaging Committee/SPR Oncology Committee White Paper. Rees, MA; Morin, CE; Behr, GG; Davis, JC; Lai, H; Morani, AC; Parisi, MT; Saigal, G; Singh, S; Yedururi, S; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2023; 70 Suppl 4:e29973.

Imaging of pediatric cardiac tumors: A COG Diagnostic Imaging Committee/SPR Oncology Committee White Paper. Morin, CE; Griffin, LM; Beroukhim, RS; Caro-Domínguez, P; Chan, S; Johnson, JN; Infante, JC; Lam, CZ; Malone, LD J; Tang, ER; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2023; 70 Suppl 4:e29955.

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