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Do radiographers still use lead aprons/shielding for CT and x-ray examinations? How and why has the policy changed over recent years? Do procedures vary widely between hospitals and countries? What does the future hold?

When it comes to radiation protection, these are some of the big questions facing the medical imaging community today. We put them to experts across Europe, and their answers are both revealing and insightful. Find out more in our special report posted today.

Prehydrating patients who have chronic kidney disease before they undergo contrast-enhanced CT has been the standard of care for some years now, but important Dutch research suggests this practice results in unnecessary costs with few patient benefits.

The joint statement on CT lung cancer screening by the European Society of Radiology and the European Respiratory Society was published on 12 February. Multidisciplinary support for CT screening finally appears to be gathering pace across the continent, and it will be fascinating to see what new findings are presented in this area at ECR 2020, which begins on 11 March.

Also, in case you missed it, the organizers of the Dutch-Belgian Randomized Lung Cancer Screening (NELSON) trial have unveiled the findings of the trial in the New England Journal of Medicine.

CT is already proving essential in the diagnosis of suspected cases of novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. European Radiology published an editorial on this important topic earlier this month. Also, log back in Wednesday for an in-depth, original article about the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak in northern Italy.

This newsletter highlights only a few of the many articles posted recently in the CT Community. For the full list, check out the lineup below.

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