Initial Certification for Interventional Radiology

Core Exam

Last verified on October 10, 2019
The exam tests knowledge and comprehension of anatomy, pathophysiology, all aspects of diagnostic radiology, and physics concepts important for diagnostic radiology.  

Exam Categories

Eighteen categories are included on the exam:
Breast Imaging Thoracic
Cardiac Imaging Urinary
Gastrointestinal Imaging Vascular
Interventional Radiology Computed Tomography
Musculoskeletal Magnetic Resonance
Neuroradiology Radiography/Fluoroscopy
Nuclear Radiology Ultrasound
Pediatric Radiology Physics
Reproductive/Endocrinology Safety
Study guides for these categories may be found here.

More Information

Core Exams are administered twice yearly, typically in June and November. Please refer to the Exam Dates and Locations page for upcoming exam dates. A candidate is eligible to take the Core Exam in the 36th month of diagnostic radiology training. Exceptions may be granted for candidates who are in or have completed 32 months. For more information, contact the ABR at or call (520) 790-2900.

Exam Breakdown and Timing

The Core Exam is a computer-based exam that is taken over two days. Candidates need to plan for approximately 7.5 hours for Day One and 6 hours for Day Two. Candidates will receive 30 minutes of break time for each exam.
For more details visit the Exam Breakdown and Timing page.