Hirofumi Anno

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OBJECTIVES In a computed tomographic (CT) angiography study, we identified the characteristics of atherosclerotic lesions that were associated with subsequent development of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). BACKGROUND The CT characteristics of culprit lesions in ACS include positive vessel remodeling (PR) and low-attenuation plaques (LAP). These 2 features(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the feasibility of noninvasive assessment of the characteristics of disrupted atherosclerotic plaques, the authors interrogated the culprit lesions in acute coronary syndromes (ACS) by multislice computed tomography (CT). BACKGROUND Disrupted atherosclerotic plaques responsible for ACS histopathologically demonstrate large lipid(More)
A recently developed real-time computed tomography (CT) fluoroscopy system, which provides effective real-time reconstruction and display of CT images, was used to monitor nonvascular interventional procedures performed in 57 patients. Biopsy of thoracic lesions (n = 38), biopsy or drainage of pelvic lesions (n = 6), drainage or aspiration of intracranial(More)
BACKGROUND Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA)-verified positive remodeling and low attenuation plaques are considered morphological characteristics of high-risk plaque (HRP) and predict short-term risk of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). OBJECTIVES This study evaluated whether plaque characteristics by CTA predict mid-term likelihood of ACS. (More)
BACKGROUND It has been proposed that 0.5-mm-slice multislice computed tomography (MSCT) is a noninvasive tool for the detection of atherosclerotic plaque, but the validity of such an assessment has not been demonstrated by an invasive investigation. The present study was performed to compare the 0.5-mm-slice MSCT density of plaques with intravascular(More)
In this papel; we present a procedure to extract bronchus area from three dimensional chest X-ray CT images. Extraction of bronchus from chest X-ray CT images is of critical importance for both the computer aided detection of lung cancel; and the virutualized bronchoscopy system. This procedure consists of three major steps : (a) calculation of a start(More)
PURPOSE To preliminarily evaluate the feasibility and potential diagnostic utility of whole-brain perfusion computed tomography (CT) performed with a prototype 256-detector row CT system over an extended range covering the entire brain to assess ischemic cerebrovascular disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional review board approval and informed(More)
BACKGROUND Multislice computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) is reconstructed by ECG gating and consequently it is difficult to obtain coronary artery images from patients with arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation (AF), by the conventional method. METHODS AND RESULTS Eleven patients with AF (9 males, 2 females; mean age: 62.5 years) underwent(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to assess, by serial computed tomography angiography (CTA), the effect of statin treatment on coronary plaque morphology. BACKGROUND In addition to the assessment of luminal stenosis, CTA also allows characterization of plaque morphology. Large, positively remodeled plaques with large necrotic cores have been reported as(More)
Electrocardiographically (ECG) gated multisection helical CT images were obtained in 23 patients with ruptured intracranial aneurysms. 4D-CTA (3D CT angiography plus phase data) images were generated by ECG-gated reconstruction. Four patients showed pulsation of an aneurysmal bleb. Clipping was performed in two of these patients, and the rupture site(More)