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: the Imaging Research Center (IRC) and research performed by the clinical pediatric radiologists (clinical radiology research).
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 multidiscipline, multidivisional 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 and MR-guided interventions. Dedicated research equipment includes: 3T MRI, 7T MRI, micro-CT, animal interventional suite, neonatal 1.5T MRI and high-intensity focused ultrasound unit, as well as access to clinical equipment.
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 as well as interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, systems improvement / image care delivery and anesthesia-imaging.