Masatake Akutagawa

Learn More
AIM To evaluate the ability of high-energy ultraviolet A (UVA) light-emitting diode (LED) to inactivate bacteria in water and investigate the inactivating mechanism of UVA irradiation. METHODS AND RESULTS We developed a new disinfection device equipped with high-energy UVA-LED. Inactivation of bacteria was determined by colony-forming assay. Vibrio(More)
A novel filter is proposed by applying back propagation neural network (BPNN) ensemble where the noisy signal and the reference one are the same. The neural network(NN) ensemble filter not only well reduces additive and multiplicative white noise inside signals, but also preserves signals' characteristics. It is proved that while power of noise is larger,(More)
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation is an effective disinfection method. In sterilization equipment, a low-pressure mercury lamp emitting an effective germicidal UVC (254 nm) is used as the light source. However, the lamp, which contains mercury, must be disposed of at the end of its lifetime or following damage due to physical shock or vibration. We investigated(More)
The purpose of this study is to measure blood velocities in carotid, brachial and femoral arteries with synchronized measurement of electrocardiogram (ECG) during head-up tilt (HUT) using a developed telemetry measurement system. The velocity waveforms and ECG are continuously measured in six putatively healthy young subjects for 130 s during supine and 90(More)
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation is an increasingly used method of water disinfection. UV rays can be classified by wavelength into UVA (320-400 nm), UVB (280-320 nm), and UVC (<280 nm). We previously developed UVA sterilization equipment with a UVA light-emitting diode (LED). The aim of this study was to establish a new water disinfection procedure using the(More)
The objective of this study is to develop a device for noninvasive local tissue electrical impedance tomography (EIT) using divided electrodes with guard electrodes and to validate its effectiveness using bioequivalent phantoms. For this purpose, we prepared a measurement device and bioequivalent phantoms, measured the electrical characteristics of the(More)
There is an increasing interest in the application of photocatalytic properties for disinfection of surfaces, air, and water. Titanium dioxide is widely used as a photocatalyst, and the addition of silver reportedly enhances its bactericidal action. However, the synergy of silver nanoparticles and TiO(2) is not well understood. The photocatalytic(More)
In Japan, leukocytapheresis (LCAP) therapy has been carried out for ulcerative colitis as an effective therapy with a low incidence of side-effects. In the present study, we serially investigated the influence of LCAP therapy on anemia and hemodynamics in patients with ulcerative colitis using a non-invasive method with a Crit-Line monitor (CLM) (Hema(More)
A novel filter is proposed by applying back propagation neural network (BPNN) ensemble where the noisy signal and the reference one are the same in a learning process. This neural network (NN) ensemble filter not only well reduces additive and multiplicative white noise inside signals, but also preserves signals' characteristics. It is proved that the(More)
Telemedicine systems have become an important supporting for the medical staffs. As the development of the mobile phones, it is possible to apply the mobile phones to be a part of telemedicine systems. We developed an innovative Remote Patient Monitoring System using a Java-enabled 3G mobile phone. By using this system, doctors can monitor the vital(More)