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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.


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. 2022.

Imaging of pediatric cardiac tumors: A COG Diagnostic Imaging Committee/SPR Oncology Committee White Paper. Morin, CE; Griffin, LM; Beroukhim, RS; Caro-DomĂ­nguez, P; Chan, S; Johnson, JN; Infante, JC; Lam, CZ; Malone, LD J; Tang, ER; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2022.

Late pulmonary complications related to cancer treatment in children. Nguyen, HT N; McBee, MP; Morin, CE; Sharma, A; Patel, KR; Silva-Carmona, M; Guillerman, RP. Pediatric Radiology. 2022; 52:2029-2037.

Early pulmonary complications related to cancer treatment in children. Morin, CE; McBee, MP; Elbahlawan, L; Griffin, LM; Maron, GM; Nguyen, HT N; Sharma, A; Snyder, EJ; Jeudy, J. Pediatric Radiology. 2022; 52:2017-2028.

Leveraging diversity, equity and inclusion for promoting wellness in the radiology workplace. Ayyala, RS; Artunduaga, M; Morin, CE; Coley, BD. Pediatric Radiology. 2022; 52:1724-1729.

The Dot-and-Dash Pattern of Intrathyroidal Ectopic Thymus: Implications in the Context of TI-RADS Reporting. Abramson, Z; Morin, CE; Craig, S; Helmig, S. American Journal of Roentgenology. 2022; 218:1104-1105.

Hepatic Iron Quantification Using a Free-Breathing 3D Radial Gradient Echo Technique and Validation With a 2D Biopsy-Calibrated R2* Relaxometry Method. Rohani, SC; Morin, CE; Zhong, X; Kannengiesser, S; Shrestha, U; Goode, C; Holtrop, J; Khan, A; Loeffler, RB; Hankins, JS; et al. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2022; 55:1407-1416.

Pediatric Cardio-Oncology Medicine: A New Approach in Cardiovascular Care. Martinez, HR; Beasley, GS; Goldberg, JF; Absi, M; Ryan, KA; Guerrier, K; Joshi, VM; Johnson, JN; Morin, CE; Hurley, C; et al. Children. 2021; 8.

Pulmonary Complications in Children Following Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation: A Case Report and Review of the Diagnostic Approach. Elbahlawan, L; McArthur, J; Morin, CE; Abdelhafeez, H; McCarville, MB; Ruiz, RE; Srinivasan, S; Qudeimat, A. Frontiers in Oncology. 2021; 11.

Coronary computed tomography angiography in children. Malone, LD J; Morin, CE; Browne, LP. Pediatric Radiology. 2021.

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