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Dear CT Insider,

When it comes to cervical spine injuries, the main dilemma for emergency physicians and imaging professionals is to decide exactly when and how to use CT. National and international guidelines aren't in total agreement here.

Award-winning research presented earlier this month addressed this important issue, and may well have a substantial impact on clinical practice. To read more, go to your CT Digital Community, or click here.

The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists and British Society of Gastrointestinal Radiology have published new guidelines about how best to use CT colonography, and they appear certain to generate massive interest. The document includes details about building and delivering a service, and it can be downloaded for free. Click here to get the full details.

Has your hospital and/or department developed its own strategy for upgrading or renewing your CT scanners and other imaging equipment? If not, then you need to act fast, according to a statement issued by the European Society of Radiology. Also, the plan should look forward at least five years and be updated annually. To learn more, click here.

CT has played a key role in unlocking the secrets of ancient Egypt's royal mummies, and hopes are high that new investigations can begin soon. Get the story here. Also, to read Dr. Adrian Thomas' history column about the special Egypt exhibition at the British Museum, click here.

Meanwhile, a survey from Saudi Arabia has highlighted the lack of knowledge among medical staff about radiation dose -- specifically for CT scans. This remains a serious concern, and patients still receive very little information about the pros and cons of scans, noted the authors. Click here to find out more.

This is only a small selection of the articles posted recently in your CT Digital Community. For the full list, please see below.

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