Magnetization Transfer (MT) MRI has proven valuable in imaging the Locus Coeruleus (LC) and Substantia Nigra (SN). The MT contrast in the LC and SN is assumed to be caused due to the accumulation of neuromelanin. An agar-based phantom containing samples of two neuromelanin models was compared to the in vivo human LC and SN. MT spectra and relaxation times of the phantom, LC and SN were measured. While LC and SN show less MT effect, the phantom does not show neuromelanin-specific MT contrast, suggesting that these models are not representative of the in vivo LC and SN.