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Glass Capillary Arrays for Calibration, Validation, and Quality Assurance of Quantitative Measurements from Diffusion MRI Applic

Posted Apr 09 2012 12:00am

Description of Invention:
NIH scientists have developed a tool for calibration and quality assurance for diffusion MRI applications. These Glass Capillary Arrays (GCAs) allow reliable means for instrument calibration and data measurement validation of various MRI scanning parameters. A variety of GCA conformations is available, so they have broad utility in MRI applications ranging from material sciences to clinical and biological MRI.

Applications:
  • Calibration, quality assurance, and quality control for diffusion MRI applications using physics and mathematics algorithms combined with known GCA properties
  • GCAs come in various diameters and thicknesses, so can be utilized in a wide range of sciences (material and biological)
  • Provides known standards for adjustment of various parameters, including magnetic field gradient, magnetic field homogeneity, and radiofrequency pulse


Advantages:
  • Allows sufficient quality assurance and instrument calibration not previously available for advanced diffusion MRI
  • GCAs are non-toxic and biologically and environmentally safe, so can be stored without special permits or requirements


Development Status:
Prototype

Inventors:
Ferenc Horkay (NICHD)


Patent Status:
HHS, Reference No. E-202-2010/0
US, Application No. 61/536,032 filed 18 Sep 2011



For Licensing Information Please Contact:
John Stansberry Ph.D.
NIH Office of Technology Transfer
6011 Executive Blvd. Suite 325,
Rockville, MD 20852
United States
Email: js852e@nih.gov
Phone: 301-435-5236
Fax: 301-402-0220


Ref No: 2397

Updated: 04/2012

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