Takaaki Koshiji

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In patients who had undergone cardiac surgery (coronary artery bypass graft) and whose hearts showed abnormal movement during the cardiac cycle, we studied the accuracy of functional assessment using ECG-gated single-photon emission tomography (SPET) and the automated software developed by Germano et al. by comparing the findings with magnetic resonance(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to test the ability of reinjection thallium-201 and rest technetium-99m sestamibi ECG (electrocardiographic)-gated SPECT (i.e., reinjection-g-SPECT [single-photon emission computed tomography] and MIBI-g-SPECT) to determine regional and global functional parameters. BACKGROUND The ECG-gated perfusion SPECT was(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAChRs) and β-adrenoceptors in the airways and lungs are clinically important in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. However, the quantitative and qualitative estimation of these receptors by radioligand binding approaches in human airways has not yet been reported because of(More)
BACKGROUND Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) has found ischemic lesions in the brain after cardiac surgery. However, preoperative cerebral injury has not been studied closely. In this study, we used DWI to assess the prevalence of abnormalities in patients scheduled for cardiac surgery. METHODS We used conventional magnetic resonance(More)
UNLABELLED This study was designed to evaluate the methodological feasibility of 123I-labeled beta-methyl-p-iodophenyl-pentadecanoic acid (BMIPP)-gated SPECT to assess regional and global left ventricular (LV) function in comparison with 99mTc-sestamibi (methoxyisobutyl isonitrile [MIBI])-gated SPECT and first-pass radionuclide angiography (FPRNA). (More)
The standard techniques and prosthetic materials for graft replacement in aortic surgery have been dramatically improved. However, persistent oozing and bleeding during aortic surgery sometimes occur and lead to life-threatening problems because of severe coagulopathy, which results from induced hypothermia, long cardiopulmonary bypass time, or fragile(More)
BACKGROUND Arteriosclerosis of the ascending aorta is an important risk factor for cerebral embolism. However, the association between arteriosclerosis of the ascending aorta and neurologic dysfunction after coronary artery surgery has not been evaluated prospectively. METHODS We examined whether varying degrees of arteriosclerosis in the ascending aorta,(More)
When an arterial graft is used, reversible perfusion defects on single-photon emission tomography (SPET) perfusion images are occasionally observed early after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), owing to the restricted flow capacity. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the functional information obtained with electrocardiography(More)
BACKGROUND Bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting in coronary artery bypass surgery has a better long-term outcome than single internal thoracic artery grafting. However, the efficacy of gastroepiploic artery (GEA) grafting in addition to bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting is still not well-established. METHODS From 1989 to 1999, 311(More)
A 43-year-old male presented with a cerebral aneurysm manifesting as right facial paresthesia, without neurological deficit. Angiography revealed a large aneurysm (22 mm) of the left internal carotid artery. Intravascular treatment using placement of a detachable coil was attempted, but the coil did not stay in the aneurysmal cavity and the procedure was(More)