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The aim of this study was to use T2* cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging to quantify myocardial iron content in patients with heart failure (HF) and to investigate the relation between iron content, cardiac function, and the cause of HF. CMR data were analyzed from 167 patients with nonischemic and 31 with ischemic HF and 50 patients with normal(More)
This paper proposes a novel algorithm to estimate a log-compressed K distribution parameter and presents an algorithm to discriminate breast tumors in ultrasonic images. We computed a total of 208 features for discrimination, including those based on a parameter of a log-compressed K-distribution, which quantifies the homogeneity of the echo pattern in the(More)
In contrast-enhanced (CE) brain metastasis screening, coexistence of enhanced blood vessel suppression and higher tumor-to-parenchyma contrast may improve radiologists' performances in detecting brain metastases compared with conventional sequences. In this study, we propose a new scheme, allowing both suppression of blood signals and improvement of(More)
We demonstrated a new scheme for performing the T1-enhanced whole-brain black-blood imaging pulse sequence using motion-sensitized driven-equilibrium prepared 3-dimensional (3D) turbo spin echo (MSDE-TSE) with anti-driven-equilibrium post pulse. The use of an anti-driven-equilibrium pulse considerably improved the T1 contrast of MSDE-TSE black-blood images.(More)
PURPOSE A cost-sensitive extension of AdaBoost based on Markov random field (MRF) priors was developed to train an ensemble segmentation process which can avoid irregular shape, isolated points and holes, leading to lower error rate. The method was applied to breast tumor segmentation in ultrasonic images. METHODS A cost function was introduced into the(More)
We demonstrate the feasibility of the vessel-selective, non-contrast, time-resolved magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) technique, "contrast inherent inflow enhanced multi-phase angiography combining vessel-selective arterial spin labeling technique (CINEMA-SELECT)". This sequence consists of two major techniques: pulsed star labeling of arterial regions(More)
We evaluated the efficiency of non-invasive magnetic resonance coronary angiography in detecting coronary arterial lesions in 106 patients, aged from 4 months to 37 years, with a median of 13 years, with Kawasaki disease. Non-contrast enhanced, free-breathing magnetic resonance coronary angiographic studies using both the steady-state free precession(More)
PURPOSE To assess the clinical utility of tissue-specific variable refocusing flip-angle (VRFA) turbo-spin echo imaging for three-dimensional T2-weighted imaging (3D-T2WI) of the liver. MATERIALS AND METHODS Fifty-nine patients were scanned with three types of fat-suppressed T2WI for the comparison: two-dimensional single-shot turbo spin echo T2WI(More)
OBJECTIVE Although coronary arterial lesions due to Kawasaki disease (KD) should be evaluated as early as possible after the acute phase, conventional X-ray coronary angiography poses high risks for young children with the disease. The use of noninvasive MR coronary angiography is desirable, although it is difficult to produce clear images in young(More)
Non-Contrast Time-resolved Magnetic Resonance Angiography Combining High Resolution Multiple Phase Echo Planar Imaging Based Signal Targeting and Alternating Radiofrequency Contrast Inherent Inflow Enhanced Multi Phase Angiography Combining Spatial Resolution Echo Planar Imaging Based Signal Targeting and Alternating Radiofrequency in Intracranial Arteries(More)