Taro Shimada

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to examine whether pretreatment findings in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using contrast-enhanced ultrasound can predict local or distant recurrence after radiofrequency ablation (RFA). SUBJECTS AND METHODS Subjects of the prospective study were 54 patients with HCC lesions treated by RFA. Intensity differences(More)
This study aimed to characterize the features of heterogeneous staining in the liver after injection of perflubutane microbubble agent (Sonazoid(TM), 0.0075 mL/kg). Digitized hepatic contrast sonograms from 906 subjects were reviewed to assess time-related changes in heterogeneous staining and the possible association between this effect and the clinical(More)
PURPOSE Imaging-based differentiation of hepatic lesions (≤ 30 mm) between well-differentiated hepatocellular carcinomas (w-HCC) and regenerative nodules (RN) presents difficulties. The aim was to compare the diagnostic abilities to differentiate w-HCC from RN using contrast-enhanced ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) both with liver-specific(More)
This prospective study aimed to elucidate the possibility of differentiating well-differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma (wHCC) from regenerative nodule (RN) on the basis of the heterogeneity of microbubble accumulation. Intensity analysis was conducted on early-phase and late-phase (60 s and 900 s post-injection; perflubutane microbubble) harmonic(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM This study examined the natural history of postvascular-phase iso-enhanced lesions (PIELs) on contrast-enhanced sonograms to determine the potential risk and predictive factors for developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in chronic liver diseases. METHODS This prospective study included 87 PIELs on contrast-enhanced sonograms(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Impaired splanchnic hemodynamics are well-documented phenomena in cirrhosis. However, comprehensive hemodynamic features from the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) to the superior mesenteric vein (SMV) via intestinal capillaries have not been studied. The aim was to examine splanchnic hemodynamics and their relationship with clinical(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM To demonstrate the effect of endoscopic injection sclerotherapy (EIS) with argon plasma coagulation (APC) as a primary/secondary prophylaxis for esophageal varies (EV) on portal hemodynamics and long-term outcomes in cirrhosis. METHODS This prospective study included 48 cirrhotic patients (64.5 ± 11.4 years; 26 bleeders, 22(More)
This prospective study was performed in 179 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) lesions treated by radio-frequency ablation (RFA) to explore the clinical outcome of "linear enhancement" on contrast-enhanced sonogram. Thirty-three lesions (18.4%) showed linear enhancement, a linear-shaped positive enhancement in the RFA-treated area. Seventeen of them were(More)
This prospective study aimed to elucidate the effect of phase-related quantitative parameters of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) with perflubutane microbubble agent to assess the cellular differentiation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Intensity was analyzed in 94 lesions (19.4 ± 4.9 mm, 86 patients), 47 well-differentiated HCCs (wHCCs) and 47(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the safety and efficacy of anticoagulation treatment for portal vein thrombosis in cirrhosis patients with acute variceal bleeding, with patient eligibility determined by contrast ultrasonography findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective study included 23 consecutive cirrhosis patients (63.8 ± 11.8 years old, 12 males and 11(More)