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what is IC?


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

The ABR conducts initial qualifying and final oral examinations to ascertain the qualification of those who have studied radiology. A board-certified radiologist or radiologic physicist is one who has demonstrated 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, utilizing 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.


  Diagnostic Radiology Initial Qualifying
and Certifying Exams Update

Each year at its annual meeting, the Association of Program Directors in Radiology (APDR) invites ABR leaders to give an update on the activities of the ABR. This session facilitates information exchange and feedback to the ABR on its policies and their impact on training.

During the April 2008 session, the ABR provided information about the future Core and Certifying examinations in diagnostic radiology. The discussion session, which featured many thoughtful questions posed by attendees, provided ample opportunity for an active exchange of information.

The ABR trustees have addressed many of the questions raised. Below are responses to some of the most frequently asked questions. Answers to other questions will be posted as the board develops further details.

The ABR welcomes societies to post on their own websites the links to these FAQs and to the accompanying PowerPoint presentations.


Overview of ABR Board Examination Changes


Frequently Asked Questions about ABR's New Core and Certifying Examinations in Diagnostic Radiology