Posts From Tony Dandino

September is an exciting month in the Department of Radiology’s Division of Thoracoabdominal Imaging here at Cincinnati Children’s. The second Pediatric Body MRI Course presented by The Society for Pediatric Radiology is coming to town and will be held in › Continue Reading

Cincinnati Children’s supplies recycling bins throughout the entire facility and advocates a paperless charting system (EPIC Systems). Now the Radiology Department has partnered up with Mathew 25: Ministries to take this idea of recycling everything to a whole new level. While the department has › Continue Reading

Photo: Laura Hanselman with her husband Randy. It is with a mix of sadness and joy that we say goodbye to one of our beloved MRI technologists, Laura Hanselman. Because of the unique and often high-pressure situations that we find ourselves › Continue Reading

MRI Safety Week 2017

MRI Safety Week is always celebrated within the month of July because 16 years ago, a six-year-old boy named Michael Colombini was killed in an MRI incident in Valhalla, New York, in July. There was little-to-no MRI safety information at › Continue Reading

As most of you may know from personal experience, trying to get your child to hold still for a picture can prove to be an impossible task. The moment you attempt to capture their angelic image, they are already turning › Continue Reading

The Latest on Liberty

A few weeks ago I gave everyone the “Heads Up on Liberty” MRI and the upcoming temporary closures for construction. The dates given in the previous blog article had to be vague because nothing was set in stone. Well, the › Continue Reading

On Christmas day of 2011, I was flat on my back in a stretcher within the maternity ward recovering from an emergency c-section. My first-born child, Ashlin, was only a few hundred feet away from me in the neonatal intensive › Continue Reading

Heads Up Liberty MRI

For those of you lucky enough to have been following the Cincinnati Children’s Radiology Blog from the very beginning (feel free to venture back if you think you may have missed anything), you can confirm Cincinnati Children’s strives to keep › Continue Reading

As you may or may not know, technologists working in Radiology have an obligation to keep up with their continuing education throughout their entire careers. Much like with registered nurses, this is to prove we maintain performing at the same › Continue Reading

Odontogenesis, or the formation of teeth, is a complex multistep process requiring interaction between different cell types. This begins at approximately four weeks into utero life. Eventually, most babies will develop two sets of teeth. Twenty baby teeth grow in › Continue Reading

Here at Cincinnati Children’s, we are committed to constantly keeping each one of our patients’ thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the forefront of everything we do. This ranges from how we decorate the departments to which technologies we invest effort into › Continue Reading

In an attempt to continually better ourselves and our services, Cincinnati Children’s is constantly pushing to change the outcome. In our MRI department this means updating our intraoperative MRI scanner, located within one of our operating rooms. As of January 2017, the outdated › Continue Reading

‘Tis the season for brightly colored lights, festive carols, and chilly winter nights spent snuggled up watching your favorite holiday classics. Unfortunately, it is also the season for icy sidewalks, slippery roads and other general inconveniences during the end of › Continue Reading

Our families and homes are made safer from household fires with the use of flame-retardant chemicals in our clothing, furniture, carpeting, electronics, and home’s insulation. However, there is now evidence that certain types of flame-retardant chemicals can interfere with childhood › Continue Reading

As a MRI technologists, it is not only our job to capture high-quality diagnostic images, but also to maintain a safe working environment for our patients, visitors and fellow employees. It is because of this promise to keep a safe › Continue Reading

In an effort to keep all Cincinnati Children’s Radiology practices safe and on par with the most recent policies, we created a Radiology Safety Award as motivation to go above and beyond. Every quarter one of our radiology employees receives › Continue Reading

Earlier this month, the Quality Improvement Teams for all of Radiology (X-ray, Nuclear Medicine, CT, etc.) were given the opportunity to visit and tour the Toyota Motor Manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. Most of us have heard of the Toyota › Continue Reading

Why are MRI scans so loud? To answer this question, we must first review a few basic facts you may or may not know about MRI. For starters, your typical MRI is something called a superconducting magnet and it is › Continue Reading

Considering magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been around since the late 1970’s, most people have seen, heard about, or even experienced an MRI for themselves. It is not, however, customary to have much information about functional MRIs (fMRI) and its combination of still › Continue Reading

Chronic liver disease (CLD) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality and can lead to hepatic fibrosis, cirrhosis, portal hypertension, and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). CLD has become a major health burden in the US and around the world. Regardless › Continue Reading

For many years, MRI department technologists have been dependent on cumbersome protocol binders in each control room to scan the correct sequences, set up the correct parameters, and follow proper guidelines. Image: MRI protocols on the Cincinnati Children’s Radiology website. Recently, we › Continue Reading

It has now been about a month since the MRI Division in the Department of Radiology has discontinued the use of our inefficient dry erase board and adopted the brand new electronic status boards. Aside from the initial technical errors and slight › Continue Reading

Photo: Nuclear medicine technologist transferring radioactive agent into container Hepatobiliary tumors in the pediatric population represent 5-6% of abdominal tumors, and liver tumors account for 0.5-2% of cancer in children. Pediatric tumors are typically radiosensitive, but the use of necessary › Continue Reading

As you might expect, peak sports season during the school year also means one of the busiest times for radiology. Between fractures, contusions, and concussions, we remain very active all season long. To add to the hectic situation, one of the › Continue Reading