​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

Multiple Sclerosis: Improved Detection of Active Cerebral Lesions With 3-Dimensional T1 Black-Blood Magnetic Resonance Imaging Compared With Conventional 3-Dimensional T1 GRE...

Sommer, Nora N.; Saam, Tobias; Coppenrath, Eva; More

Investigative Radiology. 53(1):13-19, January 2018.

Qualitative and Quantitative Evaluation of Structural Myocardial Alterations by Grating-Based Phase-Contrast Computed Tomography

Notohamiprodjo, Susan; Webber, Nicole; Birnbacher, Lorenz; More

Investigative Radiology. 53(1):26-34, January 2018.

Increased Expiratory Computed Tomography Density Reveals Possible Abnormalities in Radiologically Preserved Lung Parenchyma in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Petroulia, Valentina; Funke, Manuela; Zumstein, Pascal; More

Investigative Radiology. 53(1):45-51, January 2018.