Steven Fortune1, Ian Marshall1, Maurits A. Jansen1, Peter R. Hoskins1, Tom Anderson1
1Medical Physics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Small animal cardiac MRI is challenging due to small dimensions and fast heart rates. In order to assist in the development and testing of MRI sequences a rodent cardiac phantom has been designed and tested. It consists of a single chamber of PVAC housed in a water bath, expanded by an external pump. Initial CINE images of the phantom show this phantom functions with similar parameters to a rat left ventricle. Strong flow artefacts are present in the image. Thus this phantom could be used for the development of flow compensation methods as well as fast imaging methods.