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Production Methods and Software for NIST Calibration Phantoms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: SB1341-12-CN-0035
Agency Tracking Number: 085-68-2012
Amount: $300,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2012
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2015-07-02
Small Business Information
AK, -
DUNS: 830921040
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Kirven
 (919) 971-4287
Business Contact
Research Institution
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.

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