Written Exam

Diagnostic Radiology Written Exam Information

The Written Examination consists of two components:  Physics and  Diagnostic Imaging.

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

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
 Diagnostic Imaging

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

Format

Please read as this is a new process as of 2018 The written examination is scheduled annually in late Spring at a time and location designated by the Board.  The Physics component of the exam consists of approximately 50 multiple choice questions and the Diagnostic Imaging component of the exam consists of approximately 250 multiple choice questions for a total of 300 examination questions.  The exam will be administered in one five hour sitting. Both components of the examination will be scored separately and it will be necessary for you to take and pass both components. The written examination is 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 one or both sections of the written examination (Physics and/or Diagnostic Imaging) will need to retake the examination only for the sections failed. The Board will offer a reexamination session in the Fall of each year.

Failures:
If after three consecutive opportunities a candidate fails to pass the Physics or 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 the entire written examination, i.e. Physics and Diagnostic Imaging. The candidate’s first scheduled examination for the written 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.

Conditions:
A candidate is identified as conditioning if he/she passes one part of the written examination but not both parts (i.e. Diagnostic Imaging exam but fails the Physics exam (or Vice Versa). 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.