Design and construction of a quality control phantom for SPECT and PET imaging

Med Phys. 2009 Dec;36(12):5404-11. doi: 10.1118/1.3250855.


In this article, the authors present a method for quickly and easily constructing test phantoms for PET and SPECT quality assurance. As a demonstration, they constructed a complex prototype test phantom, showing the strengths of the construction method. Images taken using a PET/CT and a SPECT scanner are presented, along with a qualitative evaluation of PET/CT using the test phantom. The construction technique provides a quick, easy, and cost effective means of constructing a phantom for use in nuclear medicine imaging.

MeSH terms

  • Phantoms, Imaging*
  • Porosity
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / instrumentation*
  • Positron-Emission Tomography / standards*
  • Quality Control
  • Time Factors
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / instrumentation*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon / standards*