The Embrace® Webinar Series

Aspect Imaging is proud to present the Embrace® Webinar Series. We have partnered with experts around the globe to bring you best practices and insights on the benefits of using MRI technology inside the NICU. Check back often for details and to register for upcoming webinars or access previous webinar recordings on demand.

MRI Day Webinar 072021

The Evolution of MRI Scanners

Bill Faulkner, BS, R.T. (R)(MR)(CT) FSMRT and John Posh, R.T. (R)(MR)

Welcome imaging experts William (Bill) Faulkner, founder/owner of William Faulkner & Associates LLC, providing MRI eduation and operations consulting for over 24 years, and John Posh, Director, Global Education & Training for Aspect Imaging Ltd. 

In this webinar, Bill and John take us on a guided discussion of where MRI started and explore the major changes that we’ve seen from its origin through today.

Dr. Terrie Inder

GRAND ROUNDS with Dr. Terrie Inder

Dr. Terrie Inder, Chair, Center of Neonatal Research at Children’s Hospital of Orange County

We are pleased to welcome the renowned dual-boarded Neonatologist and Neurologist, Terrie Inder MBChB, MD as she shares her experience and insights regarding the value and importance of MRI in neonatal care. 

MRI Day Webinar 072021
Rebecca South Founder and Executive Director of Families Bridge to Caring Hands

During this presentation, you will learn about an innovative, nurse-driven Families Bridge portal program that was developed by Rebecca South, Founder, and Executive Director, for families facing an impending neonatal ICU admission to reduce the experience of stress, fear, and anxiety.

The Families Bridge portal, along with in-person support by a nurse navigator, allows families to view evidence-based education in a timely manner, while also incorporating personal guidance through the navigator.

Mothers with access to this program demonstrated increased knowledge and decreased stress when compared with mothers who did not have access to the program. Further investigation will look into the impact on infant length of stay, parent engagement, and feelings of support.

This webinar was presented in partnership with Families Bridge to Caring Hands , a  non-profit organization dedicated to improving the experience of NICU families prior to admission by creating meaningful connections with the NICU care team and providing evidence-based education.

MRI Day Webinar 072021

Edward Yang, M.D., Ph.D. is the attending and Neuroradiology MRI Physician Liaison in the Department of Radiology at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

In this presentation, Dr. Yang discusses the imaging evaluation of neonatal encephalopathy. While focused on patterns of hypoix ischemic injury, the imaging features of alternative diagnoses are reviewed for comparison and the role of MRI timing and serial imaging are also discussed. 

P. Ellen Grant, MD

Dr. Grant reviews clinical cases illustrating the use of on-unit 1T MRI and discuss the clinical value of greater accessibility to MRI when managing neonatal patients.

Dr. Grant is the Director of the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC), holds an endowed chair in Neonatology and serves as a clinical Neuroradiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital with over twenty years of experience. She is a Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology at Harvard Medical School.

MRI Day Webinar 072021

Betsy Pilon, Executive Director of HOPE for HIE, together with NICU parent, Nick Burton, share their unique perspectives on the NICU experience and discuss the significance of “MRI Day” as part of their journey. 

This webinar was proudly presented in partnership with HOPE for HIE, premier global organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and families affected by Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. For more information vist:

Dr. Mireille Guillot

Featured speaker, Dr. Mireille Guillot is a Neonatologist currently completing a research-intensive fellowship in Neonatal Neurology at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. After completing medical school and Paediatric residency at Université Laval, in Quebec City, she trained in Neonatology at the University of Ottawa. During this webinar, Dr. Guillot shares how neonatal neuroimaging can be used both as a diagnostic tool to detect preterm brain injury and as a prognostic tool, to predict neurodevelopmental outcomes.

Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner in the NICU at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. She has over 30 years of experience in Neonatology with focus on Neonatal Neurology. Diane was also instrumental in the development of the Neonatal Neurocritical Care Unit (NNCU) at SickKids. During this webinar, she reviews the anatomy and physiology of neonatal brain development and the components of a comprehensive neonatal neurological examination, with an overview of the common causes of brain injury in preterm and term infants, including a case presentation with neurological exam findings.

P. Ellen Grant, MD

Featured speaker, Dr. P. Ellen Grant, is the Director of the Fetal Neonatal Neuroimaging and Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) and holds an endowed chair in Neonatology and serves as a clinical Neuroradiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, MA. She is also a Professor of Pediatrics and Radiology at Harvard Medical School.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Katherine Coughlin, Attending Neonatologist, Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, San Diego, CA

Transporting critically-ill babies to the Radiology department for MRI testing is a time-consuming, challenging and often risky process that can be stressful for both the baby and the care team. In this webinar, Dr. Coughlin discusses the challenges and risks associated with traditional off-unit scanning.

Terrie Eleanor Inder, MBChB
Dr. mary D'Alton
Mary E. D’Alton, MD
Featured Speakers: Dr. Terrie Inder and Dr. Mary D’Alton

We are honored to have two exceptional leaders in the field of Newborn Medicine as guest speakers for this interactive webinar session. Dr. Terrie Inder and Dr. Mary D’Alton discuss the power of magnetic resonance imaging insights in neonatal encephalopathy as well as future considerations regarding targeted neuroprotective approaches for brain injury.

Featured Speaker: Dr. Alona Bin-Nun, Neonatology

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) plays a critical role for assessing neonatal brain injuries. In many hospitals, MRI is located far away from the NICU and moving critically ill neonates to an off-unit scan imposes many safety risks associated with offsite transport. We are excited to welcome Dr. Alona Bin-Nun, NICU Medical Director, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, as our next featured speaker, who brings first-hand experience on the immediate benefits in-NICU MRI brings to the NICU staff, parents and most importantly, the vulnerable newborn in need of an MRI scan. During this 30-minute webinar, learn how the Embrace® Neonatal MRI compares to conventional 1.5T systems, delivering reliable clinical data needed to score brain abnormalities in premature infants at term-equivalent age.

Featured Speaker: Tobias Gilk, Senior Vice President of RADIOLOGY- Planning

Conventional MRI equipment requires unique siting and safety design requirements to protect the safety of patients, medical personnel, and building occupants in close proximity to an MRI. In this 30-minute webinar, we are excited to welcome Tobias Gilk, Senior Vice President of RADIOLOGY-Planning, as our featured speaker to give an architectural perspective on how the Embrace® Neonatal MRI system substantially reduces or completely eliminates the environmental risks associated with standard planning, design and construction requirements needed for traditional MRI scanners.

Dr. Patricia G. Bondurant
Featured Speaker: Dr. Patricia G. Bondurant, Co-founder and Chief Transformation and Quality Officer of TransForm Healthcare Consulting, LLC

Despite the vigilance required to avoid healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs), NICUs are often forced to breach safety protocols and accept unnecessary risks when transporting their most fragile patients to an off-unit MRI suite. We were pleased to have Dr. Patricia Bondurant share her insights and expertise on how the Embrace® Neonatal MRI System helps mitigate these infection risks and improve outcomes by keeping vulnerable babies safe for scanning inside the NICU.

Byron Gabbard
Featured Speaker: Byron Gabbard, Associate Vice President Finance UK Healthcare/University of Kentucky

Byron Gabbard, Associate Vice President Finance for UK Healthcare has over 20 years of experience in healthcare finance. We were pleased to have him share his valuable insight and recommendations for navigating through fiscal challenges during these unprecedented times and planning for future success.

Dr. Eliel Ben-David
Featured Speaker: Dr. Eliel Ben-David, Neuroradiology Section Chief Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel

We were honored to welcome Dr. Eliel Ben-David, who presented four neonatal cases with varied acuity and severity of ischemic injury. He also addressed the utility of the in-NICU MRI scanner for chronic, sub-acute, acute and hyper-acute clinical scenarios and presented their corresponding patterns of brain injury on MRI. Safety advantages of the in-NICU MRI scanner were outlined as well.

Wendy Slatery, CCO Aspect Imaging, Ltd.
Featured Speaker: Wendy Slatery, Chief Commercial Officer Aspect Imaging, Ltd.

We kicked off our series on April 28th with our own Wendy Slatery, who introduced the Embrace® Neonatal MRI System and explained why this technology is no longer a nice-to-have option but is now a necessity for every NICU practice.