2017 Volume 3 Issue 1 Pages 213-215
The Japanese Society of Nuclear Cardiology (JSNC) has given Technical Award for outstanding technologists since 2012 to promote nuclear cardiology research. Tomohiko Kobota won the 5th JSNC Technical Award. The February issue of “Shinzo Kaku Igaku” (Japanese Journal of Nuclear Cardiology) contains his review article related to his work wining the prize. He and his colleagues developed a method to automatically measure the heart-to-mediastinum ratio in 123I-MIBG scintigraphy, which is expected to reduce the intra- and inter-observer differences of the calculated values. The major feature of this method is the use of chest X-ray data to guarantee the accuracy of the measurement even when myocardial tracer uptake is markedly reduced.