A photo of Jason Woods.

Director, Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Radiology


Biography & Affiliation


Dr. Woods is one of the world’s experts on hyperpolarized-gas MRI and the use of such gas MRI to measure regional lung function, microstructure and physiology. He began his career in physics, radiology, and the dean's office at Washington University in St Louis, and moved to Cincinnati Children's in 2013 to apply new imaging techniques to pediatric translational research. He leads multiple team projects related to the multidisciplinary study of lung structure, function, biology and physiology. In particular, imaging applications to the study of cystic fibrosis, BPD, rare-lung diseases, and allograft rejection are all active areas of current research.

Dr. Woods directs the Center for Pulmonary Imaging Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The center is a multidisciplinary research and training program at the intersection of pulmonary medicine, radiology, and neonatology.

Research Interests

Hyperpolarized gas; pulmonary MRI; translational studies; image-guided pulmonary interventions

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Radiology


Pulmonary Medicine, Imaging, Fibrosis


PhD: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2002.

Postdoctoral: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2004.


Lung MRI as a Potential Complementary Diagnostic Tool for Early COPD. Polverino, F; Hysinger, EB; Gupta, N; Willmering, M; Olin, T; Abman, SH; Woods, JC. American Journal of Medicine. 2020; 133:757-760.

Ultrashort Echo-Time MRI for the Assessment of Tracheomalacia in Neonates. Hysinger, EB; Bates, AJ; Higano, NS; Benscoter, D; Fleck, RJ; Hart, CK; Burg, G; De Alarcon, A; Kingma, PS; Woods, JC. Chest. 2020; 157:595-602.

Simulation of bronchial airway acoustics in healthy and asthmatic subjects. Aliboni, L; Pennati, F; Royston, TJ; Woods, JC; Aliverti, A. PLoS ONE. 2020; 15:e0228603-e0228603.

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging evaluation of neonatal bronchopulmonary dysplasia-associated pulmonary hypertension. Critser, PJ; Higano, NS; Tkach, JA; Olson, ES; Spielberg, DR; Kingma, PS; Fleck, RJ; Lang, SM; Moore, RA; Taylor, MD; et al. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2020; 201:73-82.

Advancing Imaging Modalities in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Other Neonatal Chronic Lung Diseases. Higano, NS; Woods, JC. In: Kallapur SG; Pryhuber GS, Ed. Updates on Neonatal Chronic Lung Disease. North York, ON: Elsevier Canada; 2020.

Time for evidence-based, standardized donor size matching for pediatric heart transplantation. Riggs, KW; Giannini, CM; Szugye, N; Woods, J; Chin, C; Moore, RA; Morales, DL S; Zafar, F. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. 2019; 158:1652-1660.e4.

Neonatal lung growth in congenital diaphragmatic hernia: evaluation of lung density and mass by pulmonary MRI. Adaikalam, SA; Higano, NS; Tkach, JA; Lim, FY; Haberman, B; Woods, JC; Kingma, PS. Pediatric Research. 2019; 86:635-640.

Implementation of the FLORET UTE sequence for lung imaging. Willmering, MM; Robison, RK; Wang, H; Pipe, JG; Woods, JC. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 2019; 82:1091-1100.

A two-center analysis of hyperpolarized 129Xe lung MRI in stable pediatric cystic fibrosis: Potential as a biomarker for multi-site trials. Couch, MJ; Thomen, R; Kanhere, N; Hu, R; Ratjen, F; Woods, J; Santyr, G. Journal of Cystic Fibrosis. 2019; 18:728-733.

Cyst Ventilation Heterogeneity and Alveolar Airspace Dilation as Early Disease Markers in Lymphangioleiomyomatosis. Walkup, LL; Roach, DJ; Hall, CS; Gupta, N; Thomen, RP; Cleveland, ZI; McCormack, FX; Woods, JC. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2019; 16:1008-1016.