Requirements and Registration
Last verified on June 19, 2017
You must successfully complete one year of fellowship training in a nuclear radiology or nuclear medicine program accredited by the ACGME or by the RCPSC (Canada). You will have 10 years after successfully completing the subspecialty training requirements to obtain certification.
- Fellowship position must be accredited.
- Fellowship training must be documented by letter from the program director.
- You must provide evidence of a current state medical license with an expiration date.
- Before submitting a subspecialty registration, you must have paid any outstanding ABR fees in full.
Registration for the Nuclear Radiology Subspecialty Exam is February 1 through April 30.
There is a nonrefundable late fee of $400 for any application submitted April 1- April 30. Applications will not be accepted after April 30.
The DR/NR Certifying combined exam is not currently available. The ABR will post more details as soon as they become available.
16-Month Pathway to Dual Certification
in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Radiology
The ABR has approved conditions and requirements for a pathway leading to eligibility for both primary certification in diagnostic radiology and subspecialty certification in nuclear radiology.
A resident who has 16 months of experience in nuclear radiology or nuclear medicine during the 48-month diagnostic radiology residency may qualify for the ABR’s subspecialty certificate in nuclear radiology.
To qualify for this pathway to subspecialty certification, all 16 months of experience must be in an ACGME-accredited diagnostic radiology program; there is no requirement for a nuclear medicine residency or nuclear radiology fellowship program.
The 16 months may be completed at any time during diagnostic radiology residency training; there is no requirement for consecutive months.
Up to two months of experience in nuclear radiology or nuclear medicine during the PGY1 clinical year may be counted if completed at an institution with an ACGME-accredited diagnostic radiology residency program.
Four months are required of every resident in diagnostic radiology, and count toward the 16-month pathway.
At the discretion of the diagnostic radiology program director, up to four months of training may be in a nuclear radiology-related, nuclear medicine-related, and/or molecular imaging-related field (e.g., head and neck, neuroradiology, MRI, PET/MR, radioembolization, or interventional radiology.)
Recognition and MOC
Recognition of Successful Diplomates
Successful ABR Diplomates are awarded a continuous ABR subspecialty certificate in hospice and palliative medicine.
Maintenance of Certification
Continuous subspecialty certification in hospice and palliative medicine is contingent upon meeting the requirements of the ABR’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. For MOC program details, please see the MOC page
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