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Dear CT Insider,

Welcome to the first 2016 edition of this newsletter. To start the new year, we have posted an important article about imaging of patients with mechanical heart valves.

Due to the dynamic character and kV levels of third-generation dual-source CT scans, radiation dose is quite high, but the severity of the problems and critically ill condition of patients justify the examination, according to prize-winning researchers from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Get the full story here.

Can CT be a viable cost-effective option for lung cancer screening? That was the key question addressed in a groundbreaking U.K. pilot project. The results have been published by BMJ, and you can learn more here.

Meanwhile, an Italian survey of radiographers has highlighted a disturbing lack of know-how when it comes to dose awareness. To improve the situation, the authors have a checklist of six practical measures. Click here to find out more.

Use of CT in the Middle East continues to grow fast, and the modality is bound to feature prominently later this month at the Arab Health congress, where more than 130,000 attendees are expected. Don't miss our preview article about this event, provided by Dubai-based contributing writer Inga Stevens. Click here to find out more.

Last but not least, CT scans of the mummified hearts of upper-crust French folk who lived 400 years ago have helped to show that atherosclerosis was a prevalent disease, at least among the well-to-do, according to a study presented at RSNA 2015 in Chicago. For the details, click here.

This letter outlines just a few of the many articles posted recently in your CT Community. For the full lineup, please check out the listings below.

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