This issue of the journal, as always, has many outstanding articles, representing cutting edge research and technology in diagnostic imaging. The focus in this issue is on MR. Of particular note are 3 articles, the first which demonstrates the advantages of GRASP perfusion imaging for the evaluation of rectal cancer. The second investigates with high resolution MR neurography the brachial plexus, demonstrating that this exam is highly accurate for differentiating patients with symptomatic plexopathy from healthy controls as well as for distinguishing patients with compressive neuropathy and noncompressive plexopathy. The third demonstrates the utility of 3D SPACE for detecting lower extremity deep venous thrombosis and evaluation of clot burden.

​​​Investigative Radiology will publish a special issue on 'Contrast Media' in 2018. The focus is on current significant advances in knowledge regarding contrast media. Relevant topics include basic science investigations, clinical trials, innovative clinical applications, and safety. With regard to clinical papers, all organ and disease areas will be considered. Submitted manuscripts should significantly advance our knowledge concerning contrast media in MR, CT, or ultrasound.

Manuscripts are now being accepted for consideration. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2018. All papers will be subject to peer review by experts in the field and must comply with the Journal's Instructions for Authors.

Val M. Runge, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Investigative Radiology

Current Issue Highlights

Quantitative Perfusion Analysis of the Rectum Using Golden-Angle Radial Sparse Parallel Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Initial Experience and Comparison to Time-Resolved Angiography...

Attenberger, Ulrike I.; Liu, Jing; Riffel, Philipp; More

Investigative Radiology. 52(12):715-724, December 2017.

Magnetic Resonance Lymphography at 9.4 T Using a Gadolinium-Based Nanoparticle in Rats: Investigations in Healthy Animals and in a Hindlimb Lymphedema Model

Müller, Andreas; Fries, Peter; Jelvani, Bijan; More

Investigative Radiology. 52(12):725-733, December 2017.