Kenji Takegami

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In order to find out whether high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) might be useful against hepatocellular carcinoma, we analyzed the effect of a microbubble agent (Levovist) on the temperature rise and tissue necrosis induced by HIFU. Rabbits were given 7 ml Levovist (300 mg/ml) or saline intravenously. Up to six areas per rabbit liver were exposed to(More)
A polyacrylamide (PAA) gel containing egg white as a new model for irradiation experiments in high-intensity focused ultrasound HIFU is introduced. The gel is transparent except in thermally necrosed regions which are white. The model is similar to, and has the same benefits as, gels containing bovine serum albumin (BSA) protein, but egg is less expensive(More)
Purpose: Acute appendicitis is one of the most common surgical diseases. Simple and precise guidelines for treating acute appendicitis are necessary for improving the treatment outcome of this disease. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of a clinical pathway and standardization of treatment for acute appendicitis at our hospital.(More)
Purpose. Many studies have proved the feasibility and safety of a laparoscopic colectomy in comparison to a conventional laparotomy. However, a laparoscopic colectomy requires a minilaparotomy incision to perform the operative procedure. We have introduced a minilaparotomy technique which can perform all the operative procedures through incisions measuring(More)
Erythrocytes, as well as microbubble contrast agents, are important factors in improving thermal effect of high-intensity focused ultrasound (US), or HIFU, and increasing the coagulation volume produced by HIFU irradiation. In vitro experiments used human plasma with various concentrations of human erythrocytes in combination with or without Levovist. In(More)
PURPOSE To compare the efficiency of different microbubble contrast agents in the heating and coagulation of rabbit liver tissue by using high-intensity focused ultrasound therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS The use of and protocols for Japan white rabbits were approved by the University of Tokyo Committee on Animal Resources. In vitro experiments were(More)
Purpose. This study was performed to evaluate the operative conditions for an abdominal wall-lifting laparoscopic cholecystectomy (ALLC) using a new preoperative grading system. Methods. One hundred forty-five patients who underwent a cholecystectomy for cholecystolithiasis from January 1997 to December 1999 were retrospectively analyzed. Allotting 0–5(More)
Id genes (inhibitor of DNA binding/differentiation) play important roles in tumour growth. We have previously described crucial roles of Id gene over-expression in endothelial cells for tumour angiogenesis. Here, we have evaluated direct effects of Id gene down-regulation on tumour cells, namely on cell proliferation, motility, and adhesion to lung(More)
In a previous retrospective study, we predicted the operative conditions for abdominal wall-lifting laparoscopic cholecystectomy (ALLC), using a new preoperative grading system. We conducted the present study to evaluate the validity of our grading system prospectively, and to improve the operative outcome. Ninety-seven patients underwent cholecystectomy(More)
We present a case of colon cancer in a patient with an anomalous mesenteric artery, a middle mesenteric artery, associated with intestinal nonrotation. At surgery for such a rare case, an exact grasp of the feeding artery, the draining vein, and the lymphatic flow of the tumor is necessary to perform appropriate bowel resection and oncological nodal(More)
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