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The presence of free gas within the abdominal cavity is an important radiological sign, but it has many potential causes and necessitates rigorous investigation, according to prize-winning research presented last month at ECR 2013. CT plays a central role in removing the uncertainty in such cases. Read how by going to our CT Digital Community, or by clicking here.

Our other ECR 2013 news report posted today describes a technique aimed at mapping CT radiation dose individually. The method is proving especially useful for obese patients. You can read more here.

Meanwhile, reseachers from Milan have found that late-enhancement CT can replace MRI for preprocedural evaluation of myocardial scar in patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT). That's a welcome development because CT actually needs to replace MRI for preprocedural planning in many VT patients who have contraindications for MRI. Get the story here.

U.K. experts believe adding cardiac CT angiography to routine CT for postmortem imaging in suspected cases of death by coronary artery disease significantly increases the accuracy of virtual autopsies. A team from Oxford led by Dr. Ian S. D. Roberts presented new data at the recent U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology's 2013 annual meeting. To learn more, click here.

Many of you will know the European CT market is facing tough times at present. Increased awareness of radiation dose, limited healthcare budgets, and greater use of ultrasound and MRI are all having an impact on demand for new CT equipment, but there are some positive signs. Click here to find out more.

Please see below for our full list of recent CT-related articles and do continue to check back for more reports.

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