Written Exam

Diagnostic Radiology Written Exam Information

The Written Examination consists of two parts:  Part I – Physics and Part II – Diagnostic Imaging.

Applicants for certification in diagnostic radiology will be examined in the following areas:

Part I – Physics of Medical Imaging, Biological Effects and Safety

  • Radiological Physics (radiation production and interaction with matter)
  • Radiation Biology (health effects)
  • Radiation Safety and Protection
  • Radiological Imaging (radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, mammography)
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Nuclear Medicine
Part II – Diagnostic Imaging

  • Neuroradiology
  • Vascular/Interventional Radiology
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Genitourinary Tract
  • Ultrasound
  • Breast Radiology
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Nuclear Medicine

Format

The written examinations are scheduled annually in the Fall at a time and location designated by the Board.  The Physics exam consists of approximately 100 multiple choice questions.  The Diagnostic Imaging exam is a two-booklet exam that consists of approximately 300 multiple choice questions.  The written examinations are revised each year in all categories.  The content of the examinations is carefully evaluated in order to keep current with new information and developments.  The examinations are the sole property of the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology and are copyrighted with the United States Copyright Office.  Exam content may not be reproduced.  Applicants are not permitted to review past examinations or questions.

Reexamination

A candidate who fails the Physics exam will have the opportunity to retake the Physics exam in the Winter following the Fall administration.  The Physics Reexam is offered in Kansas City near the airport once per year.

A candidate who fails the Diagnostic Imaging examination may be reexamined the following year. All requests for reexamination must be submitted in writing to the AOBR.

Failures:
If after three consecutive opportunities a candidate fails to pass the Diagnostic Imaging exam, he/she may reenter the certification process by submitting a new application, fee, and appropriate documentation in effect at that time and will be required to repeat both written examinations, i.e. Physics and Diagnostic Imaging. The candidate’s first scheduled examination in Diagnostic Imaging will represent his/her first opportunity. Failure to accept an appointment, cancellation of an appointment or failure to appear for a scheduled written examination will be regarded as one of the three opportunities.

Conditions:
A candidate is identified as conditioning if he/she passes the Diagnostic Imaging exam but fails the Physics exam. A candidate conditioning has three additional consecutive opportunities to pass the failed examination. If after three opportunities the candidate fails to pass the examination, he/she may reenter the certification process by submitting a new application, fee, and appropriate documentation in effect at that time and will be required to repeat both written examinations, i.e. Physics and Diagnostic Imaging. The candidate’s first scheduled examination will represent his/her first opportunity. Failure to accept an appointment, cancellation of an appointment or failure to appear for a scheduled written examination will be regarded as one of the three opportunities.

Candidates who fail the Physics examination in the fall will be offered a second opportunity in the winter to pass the written examination prior to the date of the oral examinations the following spring.

Cancellation

Cancellation is defined as canceling one of the three consecutive examination opportunities. Failure to appear for a scheduled examination willl be regarded as a cancellation. A cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellation received up to 20 days prior to the first day of the written examination. This fee represents administrative costs to the Board. Cancellation less than 20 days prior to the first day of the written examination will result in forfeiture of the entire examination fee.

Withdrawal

Withdrawal is defined as withdrawing from the examination process. A new application, fee, and appropriate documentation must be filed for future examination. In the event of withdrawal of an application, the application fee is non-refundable and the balance of the examination fee will be refunded.