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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:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Production Methods and Software for NIST Calibration Phantoms
Agency / Branch: DOC / NIST
Contract: SB1341-12-CN-0035
Award Amount: $300,000.00


Magnetic Resonance Imaging data needs to be calibrated using a universal standard. NIST and the ISMRM SQRM committee have developed the NIST/NIST MR phantom. The group had two phantoms manufactured to their specifications and these phantoms have been imaged at numerous imaging facilities. Sigma-K now proposes to develop a complete manufacturing method that will produce 50 MRI phantoms. These phantoms will be sent to numerous imaging facilities for research and testing. The phantom design proposed by Sigma-K will ensure measurement traceability of all of parameters in the phantom. These include 100 contrast and fiducial spheres, resolution inset(s), and slice profile wedges. The work performed by Sigma-K during the Phase 2 Work Plan, will allow Sigma-K to immediately begin a production process that will allow this phantom to be purchased for less than $2500.

Principal Investigator:

Douglas Kirven
(919) 971-4287
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Sigma-K Corp.
AK -

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