Initial Certification for Interventional Radiology

Studying for the Exam

Last verified on June 22, 2017

Core Exam Study Resources

A comprehensive Core Exam Study Guide, which lists the domain of each category, along with sample questions, is available here.
Since the range of content relevant to the topic of radiology quality and safety is broad, a separate document has been produced to serve as a syllabus of the quality and safety knowledge that residents eligible to take the Core Exam are expected to know. The Noninterpretive Skills Resource Guide can be found here.
The Core Exam Blueprints listed below provide an estimated breakdown of the content from most categories that are included on each administration of the exam, which may be useful when preparing to take the Core Exam. While the study guides provide a more detailed listing of the domain of knowledge being examined, the blueprints provide the relative percent distribution of content that is tested across the domain. Candidates should remember that no two exam forms are the same as they represent a sampling of knowledge from within the larger domain, with forms statistically equated for difficulty when determining cut scores for passing.
Breast Imaging Pediatrics
Cardiac Physics
Gastrointestinal (GI) Reproductive Endocrinology
Interventional Radiology (IR) Radioisotope Safety Exam (RISE)
Musculoskeletal (MSK) Thoracic
Neuroradiology Ultrasound
Nuclear Medicine Urinary

Core Practice Exam

In addition, a 100-item Core Practice Exam, with examples of content from all areas and all item types, is available here.

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