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Initial Certification


Initial certification information is for candidates who are not yet certified in diagnostic radiology, any of its subspecialties (hospice and palliative medicine, neuroradiology, nuclear radiology, pediatric radiology, and vascular and interventional radiology), radiation oncology, or medical physics.

The ABR conducts initial qualifying and final certifying examinations to ascertain the qualification of those who have studied radiology. A board-certified radiologist or radiologic physicist is one who has demonstrated the requisite standard of knowledge, skill and understanding essential to the practice of radiology.


  • Prospective employers want to know your credentials. Having ABR certification assures them that you have met certain performance standards.
  • Many patients seek background on their caregivers. Once again, ABR certification declares to patients that you have achieved a prescribed level of excellence in your profession.

Diagnostic Radiology is the branch of clinical medicine that encompasses a variety of diagnostic and image-guided therapeutic techniques, including all aspects of radiological diagnosis, nuclear radiology, diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, interventional procedures, and the use of other forms of radiant energy. 

Radiation Oncology is the branch of clinical medicine concerned with the causes, prevention, and treatment of cancer and certain nonneoplastic conditions, using ionizing radiation.

Medical Physics is the branch of physics that includes therapeutic medical physics, diagnostic medical physics, and nuclear medical physics.

A certificate granted by this Board does not of itself confer, or purport to confer, any degree or legal qualifications, privileges, or license to practice in the certified discipline.