Kotaro Minato

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Positron emission tomography (PET) with [(11)C]raclopride is widely used to investigate temporal changes in the dopamine D(2) receptor system attributed to the dopamine release. The simplified reference tissue model (SRTM) can be used to determine the binding potential (BP(ND)) value using the time-activity curve (TAC) of the reference region as input(More)
PURPOSE To support preoperative planning of bone drilling for Microendoscopic Discectomy, we present a set of interactive bone-drilling methods using a general 2D pointing device. METHODS Unlike the existing methods, our framework has the following features: (1) the user can directly cut away arbitrary 3D regions on the volumetrically rendered image, (2)(More)
This paper introduces a new design to allow interactive, direct manipulation of volume data on volumetrically rendered images. We present an adaptive volume proxy mesh which serves not to define surfaces, but to encode the geometry and physical state of the volume. This system performs a modeling-free form of direct volume deformation by adaptively(More)
PURPOSE Patient-specific surgical simulation imposes both practical and technical challenges. We propose a segmentation-free, modeling-free framework that creates medical volumetric models for intuitive volume deformation and manipulation in patient-specific surgical simulation. METHODS The proposed framework creates a volumetric model based upon a new(More)
To provide realistic surgical simulation, haptic feedback is important. In the existing surgical simulators, the fidelity of the deformation and haptic feedback is limited because they are based on the subjective evaluation of the expert-user and not on an objective model-based evaluation. To obtain elastic modulus of in-vivo human tissues, magnetic(More)
Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is a method that can visualize the propagating and standing shear waves in an object being measured. The quantitative value of a shear modulus can be calculated by estimating the local shear wavelength. Low-frequency mechanical motion must be used for soft, tissue-like objects because a propagating shear wave rapidly(More)
We examined falling risk among elderly using a wearable inertial sensor, which combines accelerometer and gyrosensors devices, applied during the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test. Subjects were categorised into two groups as low fall risk and high fall risk with 13.5 s duration taken to complete the TUG test as the threshold between them. One sensor was attached(More)
Tractography is a procedure that can track and demonstrate the 3D neural tracts of the white matter of the brain. The images of the brain are obtained by analyzing the diffusion tensor, identification of which can provide the anatomical connections of the brain. Studying these connections is integral to the understanding of the brain function. Specifically,(More)
This paper introduces a new design and application for direct volume manipulation for visualizing the intraoperative liver resection process. So far, interactive volume deformation and resection have been independently handled due to the difficulty of representing elastic behavior of volumetric objects. Our framework models global shape editing and(More)