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Cynthia Peterson, MPH, R.T. (R), RDMS, RVT

Associate Lecturer

Cyndi Peterson MPH, RT, RDMS, RVT 
Program Director, Diagnostic Medical Sonography

I have served as the Program Director of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography at Kent State University -  Salem Campus since the program began in 2002.  I was a member of the first graduating radiologic technology class at Kent - Salem in 1987, and graduated from the Aultman Hospital School of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound in Canton, Ohio in 1988. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science in Allied Health degree from Youngstown State University, and a Master of Public Health degree from Kent State University. My capstone/ thesis research for my graduate degree focused on prevention of musculoskeletal injury in sonographers. 

I have worked as a staff sonographer and a research sonographer since 1988. I currently remain active clinically as a research sonographer. My clinical and research interests include ultrasound contrast agents, applications of new ultrasound technology, and musculoskeletal injury prevention in the field of sonography. I have presented numerous local and national lectures on various topics in sonography.

I began teaching sonography in a classroom setting in 1991. I teach the majority of courses for the sonography program, as well as the core courses for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences bachelor degree. I am the primary advisor for the sonography program, so please feel free to contact me of you have questions regarding the program.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

  • Hindi A, Peterson CL, Barr RG. “Artifacts in Diagnostic Ultrasound”. Reports in Medical Imaging 2013; (6) 29–48
  • Lackey L, Peterson CL, Barr RG. "Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound-Guided Radiofrequency Ablation of Renal Tumors" Ultrasound Quarterly  2012; 28(4):1-6
  • Peterson CL, Barr RG.  “Evaluation of renal pathology with an intravenous ultrasound contrast agent: case studies”, Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography  2001; 17(1):29-33.
  • Peterson CL, Barr RG. “Contrast enhanced sonography in patients with renal pathology”, Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 2000; 16(3):53-56.
  • Hedrick WR, Peterson CL. “Artifacts in real-time imaging”,  Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 1995; 11(11):300-308.
  • Madden SJ, Peterson CL, Krew MA. “Fetal echocardiography in conjunction with routine obstetric scans”, Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 1994; 10(3): 74-82.

Recent Presentations:

  • April 2013. “Non-Cardiac Applications of Ultrasound Contrast Agents”, Northeastern Ohio Ultrasound Society, Cleveland Ohio
  • April 2013. “Three of a Kind”, Northeastern Ohio Ultrasound Society, Cleveland Ohio
  • April 2012. “Imaging of Fetal Anomalies”, Ohio Society of Radiologic Technologists, Cleveland, Ohio
  • March 2012. Physics Quiz Bowl, Ohio Medical Ultrasound Society, Columbus, Ohio,
  • October 2009  “Evaluation of the Fetal Central Nervous System”, Northeastern Ohio Ultrasound Society, Cleveland, Ohio,
  • April 2009. “Protect Yourself! Sonographer Scanning Practices and Musculoskeletal Injury”, Ohio Medical Ultrasound Society, Columbus, Ohio
  • October 2008.  “Sectional Anatomy for Radiation Therapists”, Kent State University – Salem Campus Fall Radiology Seminar,
  • April 2008 "The Role of Sonography in the Prenatal Diagnosis of Chromosome Abnormalities", Ohio Medical Ultrasound Society, Columbus, Ohio
  • October 2007. "Advances in Sonography: Emerging Technologies in Ultrasound", Tri-County Society of Radiologic Technologists, Alliance, Ohio. 

Grant Awards

  • 2012 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant application funded  $70,000 for sonography laboratory equipment


  • 2001 First place, Kenneth R. Gottesfeld Award for Excellence, SDMS, Las Vegas, Nevada,
  • 2000 Cum Laude award (poster exhibit), “Compound Ultrasound Imaging: Principles, Techniques, and Artifacts”, RSNA, Chicago IL
  • 2000 Certificate of Merit (poster exhibit), “Pictorial Essay of Liver Pathology with Contrast Enhanced Sonography”, RSNA, Chicago, IL
  • 2000 First place, Sonographer Poster Competition, “Detection and Characterization of Gastric Pathology with an Oral Contrast Agent”,  SDMS Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas  
  • 2000 Third place, Scientific Abstract Competition, “Compound Imaging of Breast Lesions”, SDMS Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas  September
  • 2000 DuPont Contrast Imaging Award, SDMS Annual Conference, Dallas TX
  • 2000 Honorable Mention (poster exhibit) “The Use of SonoVue in Evaluation of the Extracranial Carotid Arteries”, AIUM
  • 1999 Excellence in Design award (poster exhibit),  “Improved Upper Abdominal Sonography:  Technical Advances and the Use of Oral Contrast Agents”, RSNA
  • 1999 Second place award, Scientific Abstract Presentation, “Effect of Refrigeration on the Efficacy of SonoRx, an Oral Contrast Agent, in Upper Abdominal Imaging”,   SDMS 16th Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA
  • Member American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
  • Member  Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)  - previous Conference Management Committee chair and Ohio state representative
  • Member Northeastern Ohio Ultrasound Society (NEOUS) –previous Secretary
Cynthia Peterson, MPH, R.T. (R), RDMS, RVT
Regional College
Phone: 330-337-4277
Spring 2014
  • RIS 34052 - 500 Abdominal Sonography Ii
  • RIS 34062 - 550 Ob - Gyn Sonography I
  • RIS 44083 - 500 Pathophys For Med Imaging
  • RIS 44098 - 500 Research In Medical Imaging
Summer 2014
  • RIS 34065 - 520 Ultrasound Clinical Ed Iii
  • RIS 34082 - 560 Small Parts Sonography
  • RIS 44055 - 560 Ultrasound Clinical Educ Iv
  • RIS 44072 - 540 Ob - Gyn Sonography Ii
  • RIS 44084 - 560 Ultrasound Image Evaluation
Fall 2014
  • RIS 34042 - 500 Abdominal Sonography I
  • RIS 34044 - 500 Ultrasound Physics / Instrum
  • RIS 34083 - 500 Sectional Anatomy In Med Imag
  • RIS 44074 - 500 Vascular Sonography
  • RIS 44078 - 500 Sonographic Techniques