Tetsuhiko Takahashi

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PURPOSE A tool to support the subject is generally used for kinematic joint imaging with an open MRI apparatus because of difficulty setting the image plane correctly. However, use of a support tool requires a complicated procedure to position the subject, and setting the image plane when the joint angle changes is time consuming. Allowing the subject to(More)
BACKGROUND Preoperative assessment of intracranial collateral circulation is helpful in predicting cerebral ischemia during surgical procedures for cervical internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. However, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and other less-invasive techniques cannot evaluate collateral blood flow because these techniques are nonselective.(More)
The evident advantage of high-field MR (magnetic resonance) scanners is their higher signal-to-noise ratio, which results in improved imaging. While no reliable efficacy studies exist that compare the diagnostic capabilities of low- versus high-field scanners, the adoption and acceptance of low-field MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is subject to biases. On(More)
Ultra-short TE (UTE) sequences with radial sampling make it possible to visualize tissues with very short T2 decay times. The UTE sequence acquires an echo signal from the central to the outer parts of k-space and is very sensitive to small trajectory errors. Therefore, k-space errors caused by imperfections in the gradient system performance, such as(More)
PURPOSE Because radial sampling imposes many limitations on magnetic resonance (MR) imaging hardware, such as on the accuracy of the gradient magnetic field or the homogeneity of B(0), some correction of the echo signal is usually needed before image reconstruction. In our previous study, we developed an echo-peak-shift correction (EPSC) algorithm not(More)
The triggering capability of both the pressure and flow triggering systems of the Servo 300 ventilator (Siemens-Elema, Sweden) was compared at various levels of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP), airway resistance (Raw), inspiratory effort and air leak, using a mechanical lung model. The ventilator was connected to a two bellows-in-series-type lung(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to develop a new technique for a high temporal resolution two-dimensional MR digital subtraction angiography (2D MRDSA) sequence under intraarterial injection of contrast material to permit the visualization of vascular anatomy and hemodynamics. METHODS 2D MRDSA was imaged on a 0.3T open MR scanner with a(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate whether positional MR images of the lumbar spine, obtained with a horizontally open-configuration MR unit, demonstrate positional changes of the dural sac, and to assess whether there are significant differences in positional changes between healthy volunteers and patients with chronic low back pain. MATERIALS AND METHODS The study(More)
BACKGROUND Parallel imaging is widely used for cylindrical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); however, few studies apply parallel imaging to open MRI. We previously developed a parallel method called "RAPID" (rapid acquisition through a parallel imaging design) for imaging the heart on a 0.7T open MRI apparatus, and we have now developed a RAPID head coil(More)
BACKGROUND Parallel imaging can be applied to cardiac imaging with a cylindrical MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) apparatus. Studies of open MRI, however, are few. This study sought to achieve cardiac cine parallel imaging (or RAPID, for "rapid acquisition through parallel imaging design") with an open 0.7T MRI apparatus. MATERIALS AND METHODS Imaging(More)
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