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Production Methods and Software for NIST Calibration Phantoms

Award Information

Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Production Methods and Software for NIST Calibration Phantoms
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Contract: SB1341-11-SE-0853
Award Amount: $90,000.00


Currently, there are over 10,000 MRI scanners used in the US alone. US citizens today are mobile and many times medical treatments may require MRI scans from several different facilities. Images from MRI scanners can also drift over time. There is a tremendous need for all medical imaging scanners to be on the same level. Sigma-K will develop the commercialization of the ISMRM/NIST MRI Calibration Phantom. Sigma-K will develop a manufacturing technique that will produce a phantom that is consistent and accurate over the phantom life of five years. Our production system will allow these phantoms to be sold at the target price of $2000 with a minimal annual sales of 100 units. Sigma-K will also provide a software package to accompany the phantom that will allow the user to easily make quantitative measurements of the scanned data.

Principal Investigator:

Paul D. Kirven
(919) 971-4287
Small Business Information at Submission:

Sigma-K Corporation
511 Clayton Rd Durham, NC , NC 27703-3513

EIN/Tax ID: 562205338
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No