Design of an Anatomically and Physiologically Realistic Prostate Phantom
Gross P, Vogel M, Schirmer T, Schilling H, Groeger A, Schulte R
GE Global Research
The prostate is emerging as the first clinical diagnostic application of MRS. However, prostate MRS is difficult and requires highly trained specialists. Trainings on healthy volunteers are severely limited due to the commonly used endo-rectal coils. In this work, a dedicated phantom is presented which closely resembles anatomical and physiological characteristics of the prostate, including the surrounding fat layer, rectum and body. Initial MRI and MRS measurements show the usefulness of this phantom as a training and testing device.