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Shimadzu Review 76[3・4] (2020.1)
Primary aldosteronism is the most common type of secondary hypertension and is estimated to account for about 10% of the 40 million cases of hypertension in Japan. The disease causes hypokalemia and hypertension from excessive aldosterone production by the adrenal glands. Compared to essential hypertension, which accounts for 90% of all hyper-tension cases and can be caused by a variety of factors, primary aldosteronism is thought to have a significantly higher risk of also involving cardiovascular disease, stroke, or other conditions. However, it is considered hypertension that can be completely cured by treating the adrenal glands. Consequently, adrenal venous sampling testing is very important for identifying specific locations with excessive aldosterone secretion. This article describes the development of a system that combines medical image processing technology with analytical and measuring technology for supporting adrenal venous sampling in primary aldosteronism cases. It also reports on the system configuration and features, and the future outlook for developing corresponding medical devices.
Keywords: Primary aldosteronism, Adrenal venous sampling, Medical image processing technology, Analytical and meas-uring technology
1Research & Development Department, Medical Systems Division, Shimadzu Corporation, Kyoto, Japan
2Research & Development Department, Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division, Shimadzu Corporation, Kyoto, Japan
3Global Application Development Center, Analytical & Measuring Instruments Division, Shimadzu Corporation, Kyoto, Japan
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