Patents by Inventor Hiroyuki Kishihara

Hiroyuki Kishihara has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10772592
    Abstract: This X-ray phase contrast imaging apparatus (100) includes an X-ray source (1) that radiates continuous X-rays, a first grating (3) that forms a self-image, a second grating (4), a detector (5) that detects the continuous X-rays, and a third grating (2) arranged between the detector (5) and the first grating 3. The first grating (3), the second grating (4), and the third grating (2) are arranged so as to satisfy conditions of predetermined formulas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignees: Shimadzu Corporation, OSAKA UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Satoshi Sano, Koichi Tanabe, Toshinori Yoshimuta, Kenji Kimura, Hiroyuki Kishihara, Yukihisa Wada, Takuro Izumi, Taro Shirai, Takahiro Doki, Akira Horiba, Takayoshi Shimura, Heiji Watanabe, Takuji Hosoi
  • Patent number: 10729398
    Abstract: An X-ray phase contrast imaging device of the present invention can change an arrangement pitch of slits related to a multi-slit and an arrangement pitch of phase shift sections related to a phase grating. A positional relationship among the multi-slit 3b, the phase grating, and an FPD is determined based on the arrangement pitch of the slits related to the multi-slit, the arrangement pitch of the phase shift sections related to the phase grating, and an arrangement pitch of detection elements related to the FPD. Among these arrangement pitches, by changing the arrangement pitch of the slits and the arrangement pitch of the phase shift sections, the present invention can change the positional relationship among the multi-slit, the phase grating, and the FPD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignees: Shimadzu Corporation, Osaka University
    Inventors: Satoshi Sano, Koichi Tanabe, Toshinori Yoshimuta, Kenji Kimura, Hiroyuki Kishihara, Yukihisa Wada, Takuro Izumi, Taro Shirai, Takahiro Doki, Akira Horiba, Takayoshi Shimura, Heiji Watanabe, Takuji Hosoi
  • Publication number: 20200158662
    Abstract: This X-ray phase contrast imaging apparatus (100) includes an X-ray source (1), a first grating (3) that forms a self-image, a second grating (4), a detector (5) that detects X-rays, an adjustment mechanism (6), and a controller (7) that controls the adjustment mechanism (6) to adjust a misalignment of the first grating (3) or a misalignment of the second grating (4) based on Moire fringes detected by the detector (5).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: May 21, 2020
    Inventors: Akira HORIBA, Koichi TANABE, Toshinori YOSHIMUTA, Kenji KIMURA, Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Yukihisa WADA, Takuro IZUMI, Taro SHIRAI, Takahiro DOKI, Satoshi SANO, Takayoshi SHIMURA, Heiji WATANABE, Takuji HOSOI
  • Publication number: 20190343472
    Abstract: An X-ray phase contrast imaging device of the present invention can change an arrangement pitch of slits related to a multi-slit and an arrangement pitch of phase shift sections related to a phase grating. A positional relationship among the multi-slit 3b, the phase grating, and an FPD is determined based on the arrangement pitch of the slits related to the multi-slit, the arrangement pitch of the phase shift sections related to the phase grating, and an arrangement pitch of detection elements related to the FPD. Among these arrangement pitches, by changing the arrangement pitch of the slits and the arrangement pitch of the phase shift sections, the present invention can change the positional relationship among the multi-slit, the phase grating, and the FPD.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 14, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi SANO, Koichi TANABE, Toshinori YOSHIMUTA, Kenji KIMURA, Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Yukihisa WADA, Takuro IZUMI, Taro SHIRAI, Takahiro DOKI, Akira HORIBA, Takayoshi SHIMURA, Heiji WATANABE, Takuji HOSOI
  • Patent number: 10468365
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a radiation detector, counter pixel electrodes 33 are formed on a counter substrate 2 at positions facing a plurality of pixel electrodes formed on a signal reading substrate, and wall bump electrodes 34 are further formed on the counter pixel electrodes 33. In order to achieve the above, a resist R is applied, and the resist R is exposed to light to form openings O. When Au sputter deposition is performed on the openings O, only some of the Au is deposited on the bottom surface in the openings O as the counter pixel electrodes 33. The rest of the Au is not deposited on the bottom surface in the openings O, and the most of the remaining Au adheres to the inner walls of the openings O to form wall bump electrodes 34. The bump electrodes 34 are cylindrical, making it possible to reduce the pressure acting on the signal reading substrate by an extent corresponding to the decrease in the bonding area in comparison to conventional bump-shaped bump electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignees: SHIMADZU CORPORATION, TOHOKU-MICROTEC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kishihara, Toshinori Yoshimuta, Satoshi Tokuda, Yukihisa Wada, Makoto Motoyoshi
  • Patent number: 10441234
    Abstract: An X-ray phase-contrast imaging device capable of easily performing imaging of an object using X-rays of plural energies is provided. The disclosed exemplary configuration includes an X-ray source of a dual energy output type, and an FPD having a high energy X-ray detection surface and a low energy X-ray detection surface so that two types of imaging, imaging by high energy X-ray and imaging by low energy X-ray, can be performed. By imaging so as to scan the object while changing the relative position of the imaging system and the object, two types of imaging can be completed at once.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Tanabe, Shingo Furui, Hiroyuki Kishihara, Kenji Kimura, Taro Shirai, Takahiro Doki, Satoshi Sano, Akira Horiba
  • Patent number: 10365235
    Abstract: Provided is a radiation phase-contrast imaging device capable of assuredly detecting a self-image and precisely imaging the internal structure of an object. According to the configuration of the present invention, the longitudinal direction of a detection surface of a flat panel detector is inclined with respect to the extending direction of an absorber in a phase grating. This causes variations in the position (phase) of a projected stripe pattern of a self-image at different positions on the detection surface. This is therefore expected to produce the same effects as those obtainable when a plurality of self-images are obtained by performing imaging a plurality of times in such a manner that the position of the projected self-images on the detection surface varies. This alone, however, results in a single self-image phase for a specific region of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Koichi Tanabe, Shingo Furui, Hiroyuki Kishihara, Kenji Kimura, Taro Shirai, Takahiro Doki, Satoshi Sano, Akira Horiba
  • Patent number: 10335109
    Abstract: Provided is a radiation phase difference imaging apparatus in which a separation distance between a phase grating and a radiation detector is optimized. The separation distance between the phase grating and a detection surface of an FPD is determined based on the magnitude of noise corruption in a self-image projected onto the detection surface. The magnitude of the effect of the noise is used as a basis for assessing the separation distance. It is determined whether a distance Zd is appropriate for imaging, based on the magnitude of noise corruption in the self-image in a self-image picture which is obtained when the distance Zd is the distance between the phase grating and the detection surface of the FPD. The separation distance can thus be optimized based on actual conditions of an actual X-ray source that emits a plurality of types of X-rays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Sano, Toshiyuki Sato, Koichi Tanabe, Shingo Furui, Toshinori Yoshimuta, Hiroyuki Kishihara, Takahiro Doki, Akira Horiba
  • Publication number: 20190175126
    Abstract: Provided is a radiation imaging apparatus capable of performing precise imaging without performing pre-imaging in the absence of a subject. According to the present invention, it is possible to provide a radiation imaging apparatus capable of performing precise imaging without performing pre-imaging in the absence of a subject immediately before. That is, the apparatus of the present invention is provided with a phase grating 5 provided with a subject area and a reference area. Both areas each have a predetermined pattern that absorbs radiation, but the patterns are different from each other. In this area, an image of the phase grating 5 is observed in a moire pattern of a long period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: Koichi TANABE, Toshinori YOSHIMUTA, Kenji KIMURA, Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Yukihisa WADA, Takuro IZUMI, Taro SHIRAI, Takahiro DOKI, Satoshi SANO, Akira HORIBA
  • Publication number: 20190167219
    Abstract: This X-ray phase contrast imaging apparatus (100) includes an X-ray source (1) that radiates continuous X-rays, a first grating (3) that forms a self-image, a second grating (4), a detector (5) that detects the continuous X-rays, and a third grating (2) arranged between the detector (5) and the first grating 3. The first grating (3), the second grating (4), and the third grating (2) are arranged so as to satisfy conditions of predetermined formulas.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Satoshi SANO, Koichi TANABE, Toshinori YOSHIMUTA, Kenji KIMURA, Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Yukihisa WADA, Takuro IZUMI, Taro SHIRAI, Takahiro DOKI, Akira HORIBA, Takayoshi SHIMURA, Heiji WATANABE, Takuji HOSOI
  • Patent number: 10276276
    Abstract: A movable collimator is realized with a simple mechanism in a radiation phase-contrast image capturing device. A collimator is integrated with a multi-slit or a phase grating to provide a simpler device configuration. In some examples, the collimator and the multi-slit or phase grating may be configured to move while still providing image capturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Akira Horiba, Shingo Furui, Koichi Tanabe, Toshinori Yoshimuta, Kenji Kimura, Hiroyuki Kishihara, Takahiro Doki, Satoshi Sano
  • Patent number: 10254417
    Abstract: In a radiation detector, a Schottky electrode is formed such that an interdiffusion coefficient between the material of an outermost surface electrode formed on the Schottky electrode and the material of the Schottky electrode is smaller than an interdiffusion coefficient between the material of the outermost surface electrode and Al (aluminum). Consequently, the material of the outermost surface electrode does not diffuse into the Schottky electrode, and Schottky functions can be maintained, and at the same time, the material of the Schottky electrode does not diffuse into the outermost surface electrode, and the outermost surface electrode can be prevented from alloying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Tokuda, Toshinori Yoshimuta, Hiroyuki Kishihara, Yukihisa Wada
  • Publication number: 20180364182
    Abstract: An X-ray phase-contrast imaging device capable of easily performing imaging of an object using X-rays of plural energies is provided. The disclosed exemplary configuration includes an X-ray source of a dual energy output type, and an FPD having a high energy X-ray detection surface and a low energy X-ray detection surface so that two types of imaging, imaging by high energy X-ray and imaging by low energy X-ray, can be performed. By imaging so as to scan the object while changing the relative position of the imaging system and the object, two types of imaging can be completed at once.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Koichi TANABE, Shingo FURUI, Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Kenji KIMURA, Taro SHIRAI, Takahiro DOKI, Satoshi SANO, Akira HORIBA
  • Publication number: 20180329081
    Abstract: In a radiation detector, a Schottky electrode is formed such that an interdiffusion coefficient between the material of an outermost surface electrode formed on the Schottky electrode and the material of the Schottky electrode is smaller than an interdiffusion coefficient between the material of the outermost surface electrode and Al (aluminum). Consequently, the material of the outermost surface electrode does not diffuse into the Schottky electrode, and Schottky functions can be maintained, and at the same time, the material of the Schottky electrode does not diffuse into the outermost surface electrode, and the outermost surface electrode can be prevented from alloying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicant: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi TOKUDA, Toshinori YOSHIMUTA, Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Yukihisa WADA
  • Publication number: 20180331060
    Abstract: In a method for manufacturing a radiation detector, counter pixel electrodes 33 are formed on a counter substrate 2 at positions facing a plurality of pixel electrodes formed on a signal reading substrate, and wall bump electrodes 34 are further formed on the counter pixel electrodes 33. In order to achieve the above, a resist R is applied, and the resist R is exposed to light to form openings O. When Au sputter deposition is performed on the openings O, only some of the Au is deposited on the bottom surface in the openings O as the counter pixel electrodes 33. The rest of the Au is not deposited on the bottom surface in the openings O, and the most of the remaining Au adheres to the inner walls of the openings O to form wall bump electrodes 34. The bump electrodes 34 are cylindrical, making it possible to reduce the pressure acting on the signal reading substrate by an extent corresponding to the decrease in the bonding area in comparison to conventional bump-shaped bump electrodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2015
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Inventors: Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Toshinori YOSHIMUTA, Satoshi TOKUDA, Yukihisa WADA, Makoto MOTOYOSHI
  • Patent number: 9985150
    Abstract: A graphite substrate is processed to have surface unevenness in a range of 1 ?m to 8 ?m. Thereby, a semiconductor film to be laminated on the graphite substrate has a stable film quality, and thus adhesion of the graphite substrate and the semiconductor layer can be enhanced. When an electron blocking layer is interposed between the graphite substrate and the semiconductor layer, the electron blocking layer is thin and thus the surface unevenness of the graphite substrate is transferred onto the electron blocking layer. Consequently, the electron blocking layer also has surface unevenness approximately in such range. Thus, almost the same effect as a configuration in which the semiconductor layer is directly connected to the graphite substrate can be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toshinori Yoshimuta, Satoshi Tokuda, Koichi Tanabe, Hiroyuki Kishihara, Masatomo Kaino, Akina Yoshimatsu, Toshiyuki Sato, Shoji Kuwabara
  • Publication number: 20180042571
    Abstract: Provided is a radiation phase difference imaging apparatus in which a separation distance between a phase grating and a radiation detector is optimized. The separation distance between the phase grating and a detection surface of an FPD is determined based on the magnitude of noise corruption in a self-image projected onto the detection surface. The magnitude of the effect of the noise is used as a basis for assessing the separation distance. It is determined whether a distance Zd is appropriate for imaging, based on the magnitude of noise corruption in the self-image in a self-image picture which is obtained when the distance Zd is the distance between the phase grating and the detection surface of the FPD. The separation distance can thus be optimized based on actual conditions of an actual X-ray source that emits a plurality of types of X-rays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2015
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Applicant: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi SANO, Toshiyuki SATO, Koichi TANABE, Shingo FURUI, Toshinori YOSHIMUTA, Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Takahiro DOKI, Akira HORIBA
  • Publication number: 20170343486
    Abstract: Provided is a radiation phase-contrast imaging device capable of assuredly detecting a self-image and precisely imaging the internal structure of an object. According to the configuration of the present invention, the longitudinal direction of a detection surface of a flat panel detector is inclined with respect to the extending direction of an absorber in a phase grating. This causes variations in the position (phase) of a projected stripe pattern of a self-image at different positions on the detection surface. This is therefore expected to produce the same effects as those obtainable when a plurality of self-images are obtained by performing imaging a plurality of times in such a manner that the position of the projected self-images on the detection surface varies. This alone, however, results in a single self-image phase for a specific region of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: Koichi TANABE, Shingo FURUI, Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Kenji KIMURA, Taro SHIRAI, Takahiro DOKI, Satoshi SANO, Akira HORIBA
  • Patent number: 9306108
    Abstract: In an X-ray strip detector, at least one joining semiconductor film are formed on surface of a sensitive semiconductor film, on the part of X-strips and Y-strips, that is sensitive to incident X-rays to generate electric charge, and on at least an entire sensitive region of a conversion film. The joining semiconductor film has higher resistance value than resistance value of the sensitive semiconductor film. Accordingly, when the electric charge generated in the sensitive semiconductor film are collected in the X-strips and the Y-strips, movement of the electric charge into other adjacent strip electrodes is avoidable. Consequently, crosstalk can be suppressed that the electric charge leak to the adjacent strip electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: SHIMADZU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takahiro Doki, Koichi Tanabe, Toshinori Yoshimuta, Hiroyuki Kishihara, Satoshi Sano
  • Publication number: 20150265227
    Abstract: Disclosed is an X-ray apparatus with an X-ray tube controller. The X-ray tube controller controls an X-ray tube so as for X-rays emitted from the X-ray tube to have an energy width whose upper limit is more than the minimum K-shell absorption edge of K-shell absorption edges for elements forming a conversion film and is equal to or less than a preset value depending on a K-shell absorption edge corresponding to a characteristic X-ray whose energy influences the blur. Accordingly, the less number of ejected K-shell characteristic X-rays is obtainable than the case when the emitted X-rays have an energy width whose upper limit is more than a preset value depending on the K-shell absorption edge corresponding to the characteristic X-ray whose energy influences the blur. This allows a suppressed blurred image generated from ejected K-shell characteristic X-rays outside a pixel area where X-rays enter to introduce a photoelectric effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Publication date: September 24, 2015
    Inventors: Satoshi SANO, Toshiyuki SATO, Koichi TANABE, Toshinori YOSHIMUTA, Hiroyuki KISHIHARA, Takahiro DOKI