Diagnostic Radiology Oral Examination

The Diagnostic Radiology Oral Certification Examination consists of six categories, with three to five cases presented from each category. Cases are similar to those seen by Diagnostic Radiologists in daily practice. The cases are developed using the same reference materials and content domains as the written examination. Candidates are allowed two hours for the examination.

The cases presented will address a variety of situations. No case will address exactly the same topic. The examination consists of three cases from each of the following six categories:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Mammography
  • Neuro-Radiology (head and neck)
  • Osteology
  • Genitourinary
  • Chest and Cardiovascular

Each case presented within a category will include studies performed in one or more of the following modalities, appropriate to the diagnostic evaluation:

  • CAT Scan
  • MRI
  • Ultra Sound
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Special Procedures (such as hystero-salpingogram, myelogram, sialogram, etc.)

Candidates should be able to address the Findings, Differential Diagnosis, Further Studies, Diagnosis, and any other areas applicable to the case. Additionally, other related questions regarding the patient’s condition may be asked.

The passing score for each case is established prior to its administration by Board Diplomates in Diagnostic Radiology, with the guidance of a psychometrician. To pass in a category, the candidate must pass at least three cases. To pass the examination, the candidate must pass all six categories. A candidate’s score on any one case is completely independent of his or her score on any other case.

All ABPS examinations are administered only in English. Responses from candidates to examination questions must be in English for the candidate to be eligible to receive credit toward his or her examination score.

The results are mailed within 45 days of the examination. A careful review of the scoring and analyses of the results is conducted after the examination and before issuing reports, to verify the accuracy and validity of the results.

Retaking Oral Examinations

A candidate may take the oral examination as many as three times in order to pass. Candidates who are not successful in passing both the written and oral examinations within the number of allowable attempts may reapply for certification by completing a new application and meeting all the eligibility requirements in effect at the time the new application is submitted.

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