Research Areas

Cancer/Lifestyle Diseases

Contributing to research for conquering cancer and lifestyle diseases

  • Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometer:Technology used to separate components in liquid samples and ionize them to analyze their masses[LC-MS]
  • Probe Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry:Technology used to ionize samples attached to a probe and quickly analyze their masses[PESI-MS]
  • Dedicated breast PET system:Technology for high-resolution examinations of breast cancers using positron emission tomography (PET)[PET]
  • Near-Infrared Camera Systems:Technology for producing images from the slight near-infrared fluorescence emitted from a drug injected under the skin[NIR Imaging]
  • Angiography System:Technology used to obtain images of only blood vessels using X-rays and contrast media[ANGIO]

Early Detection of Diseases
Developing new patient-friendly testing methods

Development of Testing Methods for Early Detection of Disease Risks

Joint development with Ajinomoto Co., Inc.

Simultaneously evaluate risks for a variety of disorders based on the balance of amino acid concentrations in blood
(Screening for risks of 8 cancers and lifestyle diseases from a blood test)

Possible to analyze 38 amino acid components in 9 minutes
(vs 160 minutes previously)

Relationship between the balance of amino acid concentrations and various disorder risks

Diseases applicable for risk testing
Cancer Stomach cancer|Lung cancer|
Colon cancer|Pancreatic cancer|Prostate cancer|Breast cancer|Uterine cancer|Ovarian cancer
Lifestyle diseases Stroke|Heart attack|Diabetes|Probability of cognitive function loss

Treatment Support
Quick diagnosis during surgery

Combination of Medical Imaging and Analytical Instrument Technologies

Joint development with Tohoku University

Development of AVS Support System for Primary Aldosteronism

Support for New Cancer Treatment Method (Photoimmunotherapy)

Photoimmunotherapy is a new cancer treatment technique that selectively concentrates a photosensitive substance near cancer cells and then irradiates the substance with a specific wavelength of light to cause cancer cells to become necrotic.


Mechanism of cancer cell necrosis

Supports visualization and recording during photoimmunotherapy light irradiation

Monitoring with a near-infrared camera

Example of experiment with mice

Cancer Photoimmunotherapy Research