Kazumasa Arakita

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BACKGROUND The reader confidence and diagnostic accuracy of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) can be compromised by the presence of calcified plaques and stents causing blooming artifacts. Compared to conventional invasive coronary angiography (ICA), this may cause an overestimation of stenosis severity leading to false-positive results. In a pilot study, we(More)
To investigate the clinical usefulness of subtraction coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) in patients with severe calcification. A 320-row area detector CT system was used in this study. The subjects were 78 patients (47 men and 31 women, 739 years of age) with an Agatston score of >300 who were able to undergo prospective one-beat scanning(More)
In conventional coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), metal artifacts are frequently observed where stents are located, making it difficult to evaluate in-stent restenosis. This study was conducted to investigate whether subtraction CCTA can improve diagnostic accuracy in the evaluation of in-stent restenosis. Subtraction CCTA was performed using(More)
Preoperative identification of the artery of Adamkiewicz can help prevent postoperative spinal cord injury following thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic repair. Several studies have demonstrated the feasibility of evaluating the artery of Adamkiewicz using multi-detector row computed tomography (CT), but precise visualization remains a challenge. The(More)
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