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We introduce some simulation and experiment results of the multichannel magnetic stimulator development that has been carried out as an initial attempt to realize a multichannel functional magnetic stimulator. For efficient functional magnetic stimulations, precise spatial localization of stimulation sites without any movements of the stimulation coils is(More)
Strain distribution in compressed tissues gives information about elasticity of the tissues. We have measured strain from two sets of 3D micro-CT images of a breast-mimicking phantom; one obtained without compressing the phantom and the other with compressing it. To measure strain, we first calculated compression-induced displacements of high-intensity(More)
We introduce a square coil system for remote magnetic navigation of a magnetic device without any physical movements of the coils. We used three square-Helmholtz coils and a square-Maxwell coil for magnetic propulsion of a small magnet along the desired path. All the square coils are mountable on a cubic frame that has an opening to accommodate a living(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS There is some controversy regarding whether or not hepatitis C virus (HCV) subtype 1b is more influential than non-1b subtypes on the progression of chronic hepatitis (CH) C to liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS We retrospectively analyzed 823 patients with chronic HCV infection, including 443 CH patients, 264(More)
BACKGROUND & AIM To investigate the prevalence, mortalities, and patient characteristics of Acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) according to the AARC (Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver ACLF Research Consortium) and European Association for the Study of the Liver CLIF-C (Chronic Liver Failure Consortium) definitions. METHODS We(More)
To evaluate the clinical efficacy of alpha-interferon(IFN-alpha) plus cis-platinum in hepatocellular carcinoma(HCC). 56 inoperable patients with HCC were divided into IFN-alpha plus cis-platinum treated group (n = 30) and no antitumor therapy group (n = 26). The survival of IFN-alpha plus cis-platinum treated patients was significantly better than that of(More)
Cystadenoma of the liver is a rare neoplasm. Although many cystadenomas are asymptomatic, symptoms can include abdominal pain, postprandial epigastric discomfort, and nausea. Dramatic changes in hepatic imaging techniques have been helpful for diagnosing cystic lesions of the liver, such as simple cyst, hydatid cyst, cystadenoma, cystadenocarcinoma, and(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Interferon-based treatment is not appropriate for a large number of patients with chronic hepatitis C for various medical and social reasons. Newly developed directly acting antivirals (DAAs) have been used to treat chronic hepatitis C without severe adverse effects and have achieved a sustained viral response (SVR) rate of 80-90% with short(More)
We introduce a magnetic navigation of a small magnet using four stationary coils. We used a Maxwell gradient coil to get magnetic propulsion force and three Helmholtz coils to control the moving direction of the magnet in the magnetic navigation. Using a three-channel coil driver with output capacity of 320A, we performed magnetic navigation of a small(More)
To evaluate and compare the therapeutic efficacy of adenine arabinoside (Ara-A) and alpha-interferon (alpha-INF), 40 patients with biopsy proven chronic active hepatitis B were chosen at random to receive Ara-A (15 mg/Kg, iv, for 10 day) or alpha-INF (3 million unit, sc, every other day for 12 wks) and followed up to 12 months after completion of the(More)