It’s no secret that radiology ranks among the medical specialties with the highest mean markups on list prices. However, a new review of Medicare data on prices listed and payments made shows that, far from being arbitrarily set—as is often assumed if not alleged—many of radiology’s highest prices reflect real-world, case-by-case factors involving heightened risk, greater clinical complexity and increased need for subspecialized expertise.

Stanford researchers have developed a PET/MRI system for whole-body staging of solid tumors in young people that uses an iron supplement rather than a gadolinium-based MRI contrast agent and yields accurate results in less than an hour.

South American radiology and pathology researchers have reduced unsatisfactory biopsy samples of thyroid nodules by almost a third using the rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) technique guided by ultrasound, according to a study published online July 19 in Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology.

European researchers have developed a low-cost ultrasound scanner they hope will lead to reduced maternal mortality in developing parts of the world.

Thanks largely to advances in neuro MRI, cerebral palsy—the most common motor disability in children—can now be diagnosed before babies are even 6 months old (in adjusted age, meaning going by due date rather than delivery date). The stepped-up diagnostic capabilities are key, as early detection is critical to optimizing effective intervention, the authors of a new review of the literature emphasize.