Wataru Fukumoto

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BACKGROUND We developed a method to quantify the volume flow rate (VFR) using the time-spatial labeling inversion pulse (Time-SLIP) technique to evaluate salivary function. PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS To investigate the accuracy of quantification of the salivary VFR using the Time-SLIP technique in phantoms and to examine the feasibility of its use in human(More)
To investigate whether physical exposure parameters such as the dose index (CTDI), dose length product (DLP), and size-specific dose estimate (SSDE) are predictive of DNA damage. In vitro, we scanned a phantom containing blood samples from five volunteers at CTDI 50, 100, and 150 mGy. One sample was not scanned. We also scanned samples in three(More)
OBJECTIVE Single-energy metal artefact reduction (SEMAR), a new technique that can now be used in routine CT examinations, has recently become applicable to volume data acquired with electrocardiography gating. We evaluated the effect of this technique on the visualization of the coronary arteries in patients harboring cardiac devices. METHODS We(More)
To identify factors benefiting from computed tomography during hepatic arteriography (CTHA) in addition to dynamic CT studies at the preoperative evaluation of the hypervascularity of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We retrospectively divided 45 patients with HCC, who underwent both dynamic CT (dCT) and CTHA, into two groups based on the number of(More)
To assess the possibility of reducing the radiation dose for coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring by using adaptive iterative dose reduction 3D (AIDR 3D) on a 320-detector CT scanner. Fifty-four patients underwent routine- and low-dose CT for CAC scoring. Low-dose CT was performed at one-third of the tube current used for routine-dose CT. Routine-dose CT(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the utility of computed 3T diffusion-weighted imaging (c-DWI) for the diagnosis of non-complicated hepatic cysts with a focus on the T2 shine-through effect. MATERIALS AND METHODS In 50 patients with non-complicated hepatic cysts we acquired one set of DWIs (b-value 0 and 1000 s/mm(2)) at 1.5T, and two sets at 3T (b-value 0 and 1000(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) on cardiac computed tomographic images using hybrid iterative reconstruction (hIR) and a low tube current as well as on images acquired with a filtered back projection (FBP) algorithm and a normal tube current. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Patients (N = 77) with(More)