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Gary C. Farlow (Committee Member), Brent Foy (Advisor), Jason Parker (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


Two primary accrediting bodies exist for magnetic resonance imaging systems: the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Magnetic Resonance Laboratories (ICAMRL), each of which defines specific standards for specific image quality criteria at which MRI images must be produced. An MRI clinic that wishes to show a commitment to image quality may do so by becoming accredited by one of these organizations of their choosing. The limits of these image criteria were compared to demonstrate the standards of each accrediting body. Images were produced that fell well within the standards of both accrediting organization, and subsequent images were produced at the limits of ACR and ICAMRL standards respectively. These images were first produced using a phantom to quantify a difference in criteria standards, then images were produced using a human patient to show a qualitative difference in criteria standards for clinical applications.

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Department of Physics

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Physics Commons