Posts From Tony Dandino

When your child’s doctor orders an abdominal ultrasound, we need to look at the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and kidneys. If anything has been eaten in the past few hours, we may not be able to see those areas well › Continue Reading

Six-year-old girl with two sites of infection demarcated by the bright appearance, one near the hip and the other near the shoulder (arrows). One of the many challenges when scanning children with difficult abnormalities or diagnoses are that there are › Continue Reading

After this strangely harsh winter that seemed to never end, the birds are finally beginning to sing and the showers have begun to fall. Spring is now here and with it the excitement of the opening day of baseball is › Continue Reading

We spoke to Dr. Blaise Jones, Section Chief of Neuroradiology, Director of MR Safety and Patient Flow Leader, about scheduling MRI exams and why it can take so long to get your child into the schedule. Dandino: Dr. Jones, we often receive › Continue Reading

One of the many difficulties with diagnosing sleep breathing disorders is first realizing your child actually has an issue. “My child snores a lot and is sleepy during the day,” or “He’s a very restless sleeper and it may be › Continue Reading

Between the vibrating table and the obnoxious ramblings of our machine, completing an MRI in a calm and motionless fashion can be difficult. Even as adults, we can have trouble talking ourselves into such a strange photo capturing experience. Add being › Continue Reading

What is MRI?

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a way to take detailed pictures of the body using powerful magnets. Unlike other forms of imaging (such as X-ray, CT, and fluoroscopy), there is no ionizing radiation emitted from the MRI machine. In order to › Continue Reading

Occasionally, babies are born with one of many different forms of congenital heart disease where there is only one normally functioning ventricle. This single ventricle has to perform the work of two ventricles, pumping blood to both the lungs (pulmonary › Continue Reading

As many of you know, motion in pictures can cause blurriness and shadowing, which sacrifices the clarity of the photographs. Much like trying to capture a fast-paced football game or a squirming baby, it can be hard for us at Cincinnati › Continue Reading

The babies in our neonatal unit are very delicate and require special care. Many are extra small in size due to prematurity, while others are sick and frail due to an underlying illness. These babies often receive important medications through intravenous › Continue Reading

An MRI can be a scary place for a kid. Not only is the exam loud with lots of banging and buzzing noises, but your child must be contained for a period of time in a tube-like machine. This can be very stressful and frightening › Continue Reading

Along with providing outstanding clinical care for your child, the Radiology Department at Cincinnati Children’s is committed to teaching future generations of caregivers how to be excellent physicians, technologists, and nurses. Our department has a rich history in pediatric radiology › Continue Reading

As many of you parents probably already know, life can be very busy for us when tending to our children. My name is Dr. Kathy Helton-Skally and I’m radiologist here at Cincinnati Children’s. My husband and I have three small › Continue Reading

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a skeletal muscular disorder that occurs almost exclusively in boys. In this disorder, affected children suffer from progressive muscle weakness. Boys suffering from DMD experience difficulty walking, eventually requiring them to use a wheelchair, and ultimately an early death in › Continue Reading

Many people might not know that ultrasound isn’t the only way to image an unborn child. Here at Cincinnati Children’s, we perform MRIs on pregnant women almost every day. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a way of taking detailed pictures › Continue Reading

In addition to the Cincinnati Children’s Main Hospital, MRI is also available at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital neighborhood locations in Kenwood, Green Township, and Liberty. These locations offer you and your child the same outstanding service as our Main Burnet Campus but with the › Continue Reading

Cincinnati Children’s Radiology Department is proud to introduce the EOS: Low Dose Imaging System. The EOS Imaging System, now available at the hospital, is an innovative new two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) method that uses low-radiation dose technology to evaluate › Continue Reading

In 2003, when we first started performing cardiac MRI, imaging the moving, pumping heart was groundbreaking. In those days, we performed a couple of studies each week. However, as our skills improved and the technology expanded, the demand for cardiac › Continue Reading

Over the past five years, a new model called quantitative imaging has begun to emerge within radiology. This type of imaging allows radiologists to take a measurement that can then be used to track a disease and its subsequent treatment. MR elastography is a › Continue Reading

What is traumatic brain injury and why should we care about it? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a traumatic brain injury is a blow or shock to the head, or an injury resulting in a disruption › Continue Reading

Perhaps your child’s MRI examination is ordered with “MRS.” What does that mean? In radiology, MRS stands for magnetic resonance spectroscopy. This test allows us to see certain naturally appearing chemicals in the body in addition to the usual pictures taken with the › Continue Reading

Why Do We Protocol?

What does it mean when we say “Your exam has been protocolled as an MRI of the brain with and without contrast.” A protocol is a set of steps that one must follow to complete a task.  Here at Cincinnati Children’s, we › Continue Reading

MRI Safety Week, observed the last week of July every year, is meant to increase awareness and understanding of the safety issues unique to MRI scanning. The timing of this effort is not random–it is meant to coincide with the most well-known MRI accident in › Continue Reading

My name is Anthony (Tony) Dandino and I’m an MRI technologist at Cincinnati Children’s. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in Advanced Medical Imaging Technology. As an MRI tech, I image almost every organ in the body. › Continue Reading