Atsuko Imai

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OBJECTIVE Cystatin C, a novel marker of kidney function, has been reported to be a predictor of adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients without established chronic kidney disease. However, the relationship between serum cystatin C concentrations and early stage coronary atherosclerotic plaque morphology among patients with preserved kidney function has(More)
BACKGROUND Excess visceral abdominal tissue (VAT) is more strongly associated with risk factors of coronary artery disease (CAD) than body mass index (BMI) or waist circumference. However, whether adding VAT measurements to CAD risk factors provides better risk assessment for CAD progression has not been fully evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS This(More)
To analyze the invasiveness and image quality of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) with 80 kV. We enrolled 181 patients with low body weight and low calcium level. Of these, 154 patients were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: 280 HU/80 kV (n = 51); 350 HU/80 kV (n = 51); or 350 HU/120 kV (n = 52). The amount of contrast media (CM) was decided with a CT(More)
BACKGROUND Variability in intracoronary computed tomography (CT) number may influence vessel quantification. We confirmed the feasibility of a novel method for measuring vessel diameter and area using coronary CT angiography (CCTA) with an optimized intracoronary CT number, 350 HU. METHODS We performed intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging in 52(More)
The mortality rate due to rupture of aortic dissection and aortic aneurysm is approximately 90%. Acute aortic rupture can be fatal prior to hospitalization and has proven difficult to diagnose correctly or predict. The in-hospital mortality rate of ruptured aortic aneurysm ranges from 53 to 66%. Emergency surgical and endovascular treatments are the only(More)
Over the past decade, multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) has become the most reliable and established of the noninvasive examination techniques for detecting coronary heart disease. Now MDCT is chasing intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in terms of spatial resolution. Among the components of vulnerable plaque, MDCT may detect lipid-rich plaque, the(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) may be useful for noninvasive follow-up; however, evaluation of coronary stenosis and CT number of plaque may be inaccurate under different vessel enhancement of contrast media. We examined the reproducibility of the CT number of repeat CCTA using our original CT number-controlling system (CTN-CS),(More)
BACKGROUND Controlling intracoronary computed tomography (CT) number for coronary CT angiography (CCTA) has been difficult. OBJECTIVE The study assessed whether intracoronary CT number of CCTA could be estimated. METHODS One hundred twenty six patients were randomly assigned to either CCTA with 30 mL of contrast media (CM) following 5 mL of CM at timing(More)
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