Funding for this research was provided by:
Nihon Medi-Physics Co., Ltd. (none)
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Received: 26 December 2018
Accepted: 12 March 2019
First Online: 19 March 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: This study was approved by the Ethics Committee of Keio University School of Medicine (registration number: 20160397). This article does not contain any studies with animals performed by any of the authors.
: All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. The SPECT/CT data obtained from routine clinical examinations were used for the present study, which was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) in the hospital. The IRB officially granted permission for this retrospective review of the imaging data, and waived the need for obtaining informed consent from the patients.
: TN and YO are inventors on a patent application (2018–092351) related to this work submitted by Nihon Medi-Physics Co., Ltd. to the Japan Patent Office. TN and MJ received research grants from Nihon Medi-Physics Co., Ltd. and GE Healthcare Corp. All other authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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