Masanobu Nakamura

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PURPOSE To introduce, optimize, and assess the feasibility of a new scheme to rapidly acquire high-resolution volumetric neurographic images using a three-dimensional turbo spin-echo sequence combined with a diffusion-weighted pre-pulse called improved motion-sensitized driven equilibrium (iMSDE): Diffusion-prepared MR Neurography (D-prep MRN). METHODS In(More)
In contrast-enhanced (CE) brain metastasis screening, coexistence of enhanced blood vessel suppression and higher tumor-to-parenchyma contrast may improve radiologists' performances in detecting brain metastases compared with conventional sequences. In this study, we propose a new scheme, allowing both suppression of blood signals and improvement of(More)
INTRODUCTION We investigated microstructural changes in the spinal cord, separately for white matter and gray matter, in patients with cervical spondylosis by using diffusional kurtosis imaging (DKI). METHODS We studied 13 consecutive patients with cervical myelopathy (15 affected sides and 11 unaffected sides). After conventional magnetic resonance (MR)(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate whether 3-T four-dimensional (4D) arterial spin-labeling (ASL)-based magnetic resonance (MR) angiography is useful for the evaluation of shunt lesions in patients with intracranial dural arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs). MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional review board approval and prior written informed consent from all patients were(More)
AIM To evaluate whether 3-T four-dimensional (4D) arterial spin-labelling (ASL) -based magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is useful for assessing the collateral circulation via the circle of Willis in patients with carotid artery steno-occlusive disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS Institutional review board approval and prior written informed consent from(More)
We demonstrated a new scheme for performing the T1-enhanced whole-brain black-blood imaging pulse sequence using motion-sensitized driven-equilibrium prepared 3-dimensional (3D) turbo spin echo (MSDE-TSE) with anti-driven-equilibrium post pulse. The use of an anti-driven-equilibrium pulse considerably improved the T1 contrast of MSDE-TSE black-blood images.(More)
We introduced and optimized a novel sequence of fast (about 4 min), volumetric, high resolution, simultaneous bright- and black-blood imaging with sufficient T1 contrast between enhanced metastasis and surrounding brain parenchyma for their differentiation. This proposed sequence can be used for 3-dimensional volumetric T1-weighted bright- and black-blood(More)
The calvarial diploic venous channels (CDVCs) are well-known intraosseous structures, but their distribution and anatomofunctional implications are not fully understood. To investigate the architecture of CDVCs using high-resolution magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. This prospective study enrolled 43 male and 37 female outpatients who underwent a 3.0-T MR(More)
We demonstrate the feasibility of the vessel-selective, non-contrast, time-resolved magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) technique, "contrast inherent inflow enhanced multi-phase angiography combining vessel-selective arterial spin labeling technique (CINEMA-SELECT)". This sequence consists of two major techniques: pulsed star labeling of arterial regions(More)
3D rapid acquisition with relaxation enhancement or turbo spin-echo sequence is promising for black-blood angiography. In this paper, we propose a new scheme of sequence parameter optimization for "flow-void enhanced" volumetric black-blood angiography. Although black-blood imaging has numerous applications, we focused on the carotid artery in this study.(More)