Subspecialties for Interventional Radiology

Studying for the Nuclear Radiology Subspecialty Exam

Last verified on January 7, 2022
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Study Guide

A general outline of topics that may be covered is shown below.
Clinical Nuclear Radiology
      1. Cardiovascular system
      2. Central nervous system
      3. Endocrine systems
      4. Gastrointestinal system
      5. Infection/inflammation
      6. Musculoskeletal system
      7. Neoplasms
      8. Pulmonary system
      9. Reproductive systems
      10. Neoplasms
      11. Urinary system
      12. Therapies, oral and parenteral

Physics and Radioisotope safety in Nuclear Radiology

      1. Radiation physics and instrumentation
      2. Radiation protection
      3. Mathematics pertaining to the use and measurement of radioactivity
      4. Chemistry of byproduct material for medical use
      5. Radiation biology
      6. Diagnostic and therapeutic procedures requiring use of unsealed byproduct material for which a written directive is required, including administration of oral radioiodine below and above 1.22 gigabecquerels (33 millicuries) and administration of parenteral alpha emitters, beta emitters, and photon-emitting radionuclides with a photon energy less than 150 keV.
      7. Other NRC-related topics (see Compliance with NRC Regulations)