Nara Medical University is one of the best universities in Japan where you can achieve a comprehensive education in minimally invasive procedures, Interventional Radiology, as well as diagnostic radiology. Particularly, our radiology department covers all interventional radiology procedures. Besides clinical work, many basic research projects are in progress. We welcome young enthusiastic doctors and would like to support them to advance their knowledge and skills in diagnostic and interventional radiology.

Greetings from the Chairman

Welcome Message

Thank you for visiting our website of the Department of Radiology in Nara Medical University. I am very proud to lead a department which is increasingly changing and developing in the practice and evolution of modern medicine. The mission of our department is to provide a highest standard of image diagnosis and interventional treatment for patients through clinical, educational, and research excellence in collaboration with physicians, staff members and trainees. I hope you enjoy visiting this site and learning more about our department. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Image diagnosis

Radiology is a specialty that uses imaging techniques, such as X-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI and PET to diagnose a variety of conditions including neuro, thoracic, abdomen, urogenital, pediatric and vascular diseases. The General Diagnostic Imaging Center was established to provide accurate and informative reports in combination with the most advanced imaging modalities. Each subspecialty is staffed by dedicated faculty members who have either had fellowship training or many years of experience in their field. The goal of the diagnostic imaging team is to contribute to healthcare through patient-centered imaging, transformative research and exceptional high-level education.

Interventional Radiology (IVR)

Many conditions that once required surgical procedures now can be treated by Interventional Radiology. Nara have a long history in IVR. Since 1980 we have developed and spread interventional procedures such as transarterial chemoembolization (TACE), and stent and stent grafts. In 2014, the IVR center was established to efficiently provide outstanding patient care with state-of-the-art techniques and the development of academic research. In our department, board-certified interventional radiologists are leaders in their field, specializing in image-guided, minimally invasive procedures, such as embolization for trauma, GI bleeding, tumor control, stent placement to open arteries, and stent graft to seal aortic aneurysm. Our goal is to treat each patient as we would like to be treated ourselves. Providing professional and compassionate care is the required standard throughout our department.

Kimihiko Kichikawa, MD

Kimihiko Kichikawa, MD
Chairman, Department of Radiology and IVR Center
Nara Medical University

Introduction of the IVR Center

The Interventional Radiology Center (IVR Center) in Nara Medical University was established in July, 2014. All categories of interventional radiological procedures, such as neurovascular, coronary, aortic, peripheral vascular, oncology, and emergency interventions are performed in the IVR Center. Interventional radiologists who belong to the department radiology have their own subspecialty. The Vascular Intervention-team performs aortic and peripheral vascular interventions such as endovascular aortic repair/thoracic endovascular aortic repair (EVAR/TEVAR), and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). The Oncology Intervention-team performs oncology intervention such as transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE), and all non-vascular fields such as drainage, and venous interventions. The Neuro Intervention-team performs neurovascular intervention such as coil embolization of the cerebral artery aneurysm, carotid artery stenting (CAS). All teams collaborate when necessary, in complicated cases such as emergencies. The IVR Center has five angiographic suites. In April, 2019, a new Angio-CT, which installed 320 slice area detector CT, was introduced. A hybrid OR was located at an operation room area, which is used for EVAR/TEVAR, PTA with endarterectomy, and other complicated cases. The number of procedures is increasing with 1513 procedures performed in 2018.

Introduction of the General Diagnostic Imaging Center

The General Diagnostic Imaging Center in Nara Medical University Hospital covers many diagnostic modalities and cases. Approximately 45,000 CT and 11,000 MRI examinations are carried out yearly. Most ultrasounds (US) and gastro-intestinal (GI) series are taken and read by radiologists in our department. Recently a PET device was installed in our department. Generally in Japan, US scans are often taken by respective departments and most GI series are taken by radiological technologists and then read by radiologists. However, in the General Diagnostic Imaging Center, radiologists integrate diagnostic modalities and apply the modalities to diagnose the cases more precisely. About 10,000 GI series including those from other hospitals’ cases and 14,000 US are done by board certified specialists/instructors. These are strong points of the Diagnostic Imaging Center. If you are interested in learning more about these diagnostic skills, we welcome you to our department.



You can go to Namba station by the JR line or Nankai line from Kansai International Airport.
From Namba station, you can go to Yamato-Yagi stanion by the Kintetsu line.

Kansai International Airport

Namba Station

Yamato-Yagi station


From Kansai International Airport, you can take the Kansai International Airport Limousine Bus going directly to Yamato-Yagi station.

Kansai International Airport

Yamato-Yagi station

From Yamato-Yagi Station

Taxi) It takes 5-10 min to Nara Medical University.

Yamato-Yagi station

Nara Medical University

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule you are going to have is shown in the following.
(No morning conferences, only on Wednesdays)



IR procedure


Lunch Time


IR procedure



Weekly IVR center Schedule

You are welcome to observe or join procedures as an assistant in the IR center. Check the table below.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning Oncology IR
Neurovascular IR
Vascular IR
Neurovascular IR
Oncology IR
Neurovascular IR
Vascular IR* Oncology IR
Afternoon Oncology IR
Neurovascular IR
Vascular IR
Neurovascular IR
Oncology IR
Neurovascular IR
Vascular IR* Oncology IR

*Hybrid operating room procedure(e.g. EVAR, TEVAR) included


Oncology group

・Basic research : Animal studies using rat and rabbit tumor models
Developments of new drug delivery systems(DDS) and embolic materials
Micro-CT and contrast enhanced ultrasonography for animals

・Clinical research : TACE for HCC, Intraarterial therapy for colorectal liver metastases and pancreatic cancer, etc.

Vascular group

・Basic research : Development of endothelialized vascular stent
・Clinical research : Endovascular treatment for vascular diseases(e.g. PAD, AAA, TAA, aortic dissection)

Diagnostic imaging

・Dual energy CT
・MR imaging

Guest house

Our university has a guest house for visiting doctors. If you are interested in renting it, please send a message to our department to check the availability.

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