Research is one of the core missions of the Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging at Cincinnati Children’s. In terms of peer-review publications, funding and faculty size, we are one of the highest ranked pediatric radiology departments in the United States. Our research activities are divided into two, often overlapping, parts:

Imaging Research Center 

The Imaging Research Center is a division of the Department of Radiology, as well as a core resource in the Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation. The IRC houses approximately 15 PhD faculty members, as well as postdoctoral students, other trainees and staff. Most of the faculty members are MR physicists. The largest program within the IRC is the Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Consortium (PNRC). This is a multi-discipline, multi-divisional, integrated research program focused on aspects of neuroimaging applications, particularly in research, but not limited to functional MRI.

Other areas of expertise include

  • cardiopulmonary imaging
  • small animal imaging
  • MR spectroscopy
  • neonatal MRI
  • coil and equipment design
  • molecular imaging
  • MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy
  • interventional radiology
  • MR-guided interventions

Dedicated research equipment, including: 

  • 3T MRI
  • 7T MRI
  • micro-CT
  • animal interventional suite
  • neonatal 1.5T MRI
  • high-intensity focused ultrasound unit
  • as well as access to clinical equipment

Clinical Radiology Research

Clinical radiology research is organized into quality improvement and research in imaging (QuIRI) groups. The QuIRI group leaders are responsible for fostering and executing quality improvement and research efforts in their respective areas. The group leaders include a clinical radiologist and, when appropriate, imaging physicist. 

The groups present updates and featured projects twice a year. Groups include:

  • Neurology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Thoracoabdominal
  • Fetal
  • Cardiac
  • Emergency and General (ultrasound, radiography and fluoroscopy) Imaging
  • Interventional radiology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Systems improvement / image care delivery
  • Anesthesia-imaging