The popularity of pure phase encode MRI techniques, including single point imaging (SPI), is steadily increasing, particularly in instances where the samples of interest are solid-like, or for other reasons possess short effective transverse relaxation times, T2*. As the interest in these techniques grows, so too does the need for a phantom material which is representative of this class of samples. The characteristics of such a phantom should include chemical and physical stability, straightforward preparation, high signal to noise ratio and relaxation times which are both easily manipulated and representative. To this end, we have developed a gelatin/sucrose-based gel which addresses the above criteria and behaves as a very flexible short T2* phantom. An order of magnitude variation in T 1 and T2 can be achieved over a reasonable range of sucrose concentration. Even larger changes can be achieved with the addition of further doping agents.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics