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Department of


Cardiopulmonary Imaging

The Cardiopulmonary Section is dedicated to state-of-the-art imaging of the thorax. Imaging modalities include digital computed radiography, direct radiography, computed tomography (CT), CT angiography, high resolution CT of the lungs for interstitial lung disease and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Topics of interest pertaining to lung imaging include lung cancer, interstitial lung disease, mediastinal masses, and occupational lung disease.

Pulmonary Imaging

The physicians in this section are responsible for lung cancer imaging at UC and participate in UC’s Lung Cancer Research Study Group and Thoracic Tumor Board. They participate in a multidisciplinary lung cancer screening program in accordance with National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines.

These physicians provide the imaging expertise for the multidisciplinary UC Center for Interstitial Lung Disease and supply imaging support for multiple drug trials investigating the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and sarcoidosis.

In addition, Dr. Shipley and Dr. Corcoran are National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health certified B-readers providing CXR interpretation for individuals suspected of occupational lung disease (coal dust, silica or asbestos exposure). Only approximately 300 physicians currently hold this certification.

Non-Invasive Imaging

The collaborative Cardiac Imaging Team relies on the expertise of two academic departments - Cardiology and Radiology. The strong collaboration between UC cardiologists and radiologists is unlike any other in the area. The program is dedicated to state-of-the-art noninvasive imaging of the heart. Imaging modalities include computed tomography (CT), Nuclear Medicine and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A 3D post-processing lab, consisting of technologists and post-processing workstations, provides cutting edge reconstruction capability, and is an integral part of the cardiac imaging program.

CT and MRI of the heart provide exquisite images of the heart in any desired orientation. Both modalities can provide information on structural and functional abnormalities of the heart. Cardiac CT provides excellent spatial resolution resulting in detailed evaluation of coronary arteries including evaluation of course and caliber (fig. 1), while Cardiac MRI excels at tissue characterization and functional evaluation (fig. 2, 3).

Cardiac imaging with multi-detector helical CT is available at three locations: University Pointe, the Medical Arts Building and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC). Cardiac CTA is performed with one of two state of the art MDCT scanners: Sensation 64 scanner and Siemens Definition Dual Source CT scanner. Exams are tailored to individual patients, resulting inthe lowest possible radiation dose.

Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows for the assessment of cardiac structure and function without the need for ionizing radiation. Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging is performed with one of two 1.5 T scanners: Siemens Espree or GE HD 1.5 Signa. The large and short bore of the Siemens Espree MRI scanner is especially useful for patients with large body habitus and/or claustrophobia.

Image post-processing is performed in the 3D lab by a team of highly trained 3D technologists at one of many available 3D workstations: Leonardo, Vitrea or Advantage. MRI post processing is performed at a Medis workstation.

Cardiac Nuclear Medicine Exams are performed within a dedicated Nuclear Medicine Section.

Cardiac MRI, CT and Nuclear Cardiology Imaging exams offered are listed below (Please note this is not a complete list):

  • Coronary calcium scoring
  • Coronary artery imaging by CT angiography and MRI
  • Preoperative evaluation for atrial fibrillation ablation surgery
  • Viability Imaging
  • Cardiac Structural and Functional analysis
  • Cardiac Mass evaluation
  • Evaluation of Cardiomyopathy
  • Evaluation of valve disease
  • Adult Congenital heart disease
  • Evaluation of pericardial disease
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)


An 18 month cardiopulmonary core-curriculum is offered to residents and fellows in Radiology.

Multi-disciplinary conferences Pulmonary Imaging.

  • Thoracic Oncology Conference
  • Pulmonary Conference
  • Radiology-Pathology Correlation Conference
  • Interstitial Lung Disease Consensus Conference

Multi-disciplinary conferences Cardiac Imaging

  • Bimonthly Nuclear Medicine Cath Correlation Conference
  • Biweekly Cardiac Imaging Conference

Teaching Materials

Cardiac Imaging Teaching File

Case of the Month


RESCUE trial (ACRIN trial)

UCMC is a participating site for the ACRIN RESCUE (Randomized Evaluation of Patients with Stable Angina Comparing Utilization of Diagnostic Examinations) trial in collaboration with Cincinnati VA Medical Center. This randomized, controlled, diagnostic, multicenter, phase III trial will assess two imaging technologies - coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) - in diagnosing cardiac disease in patients with stable angina or angina equivalent.

Link to: Body CT Protocols

Radiologic Tests:

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) provide descriptions of various radiologic tests and other procedures on their website: Radiology Info. RadiologyInfo answers patient questions related to many radiologic procedures and therapies. Click here for specific information on the chest and lungs or the heart and vascular system.


More Information

Jackie Blackburn
513-584-7359 Phone
513-558-1599 Fax