Akio Hiwatashi

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Patients successfully treated with vertebroplasty often return with new pain caused by a new vertebral body fracture. The new fractures often are adjacent to the vertebral bodies that were initially treated. In our clinical work, we have observed that cement leakage into the disk increases the risk of new fracture of the adjacent(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE During clinical work, we have seen increases in vertebral body height associated with vertebroplasty, but our literature search revealed no reports as to how often and to what degree those increases occur. The purpose of this study was to document the frequency and degree of changes in vertebral body height after vertebroplasty. (More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We investigated the relationship between tumor blood-flow measurement based on perfusion imaging by arterial spin-labeling (ASL-PI) and histopathologic findings in brain tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS We used ASL-PI to examine 35 patients with brain tumors, including 11 gliomas, 9 meningiomas, 9 schwannomas, 1 diffuse large B-cell(More)
BACKGROUND Amide proton transfer (APT) imaging is a novel molecular MRI technique to detect endogenous mobile proteins and peptides through chemical exchange saturation transfer. We prospectively assessed the usefulness of APT imaging in predicting the histological grade of adult diffuse gliomas. METHODS Thirty-six consecutive patients with(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE MSDE preparation is a technique for black-blood imaging. Our purpose was to evaluate the usefulness of a 3D TSE sequence with MSDE preparation in detecting brain metastases by comparing it with conventional sequences. MATERIALS AND METHODS Postcontrast images of 227 patients who were suspected of having brain metastasis were(More)
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES The relative roles of arterial spin-labeling (ASL) perfusion imaging and magnetic resonance morphological assessment in diagnosing Alzheimer's disease (AD) have not been established. Our purposes were to directly compare the diagnostic performance of ASL regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) measurement and that of morphological(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cerebral hemodynamics abnormality in Alzheimer disease (AD) is not fully understood. Our aim was to determine whether regional hypoperfusion due to AD is associated with abnormalities in regional arterial blood volume (rABV) and regional arterial transit time (rATT) as measured by quantitative arterial spin-labeling (ASL) with(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE There are few comparative studies regarding morphologic changes after kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty. The purpose of this study was to compare restoration of vertebral body height and wedge angle and cement leakage with kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty in osteoporotic compression fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS Forty patients (57(More)
PURPOSE To prospectively compare the vertebral height restoration achieved with kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty in fresh cadavers by using multi-detector row computed tomography (CT). MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional review board approval was not required because the donors had registered in and consented to an anatomic gift program prior to their(More)
We report an unusual case of Kimura's disease. An 81-year-old Japanese woman was shown to have bilateral auricular masses that had begun to enlarge 6 years before. On CT scans, slightly high-density masses with faint contrast enhancement were seen. The masses were heterogeneous and hypointense on T1-weighted MR images, were slightly hyperintense on(More)