FAQs about the Radiology Recertification Exam

radiology recertification

Preparing for your Radiology MOC Exam can be grueling and stressful. Don’t let it get you down. Start by reviewing these FAQs so you know exactly what you’re in for. Feel free to comment below with any topic you think we’ve missed!

1. How much does the exam cost?

ANSWER: The MOC examination is covered in a candidate’s annual MOC fee. The annual fee varies depending on a candidate’s certification year, ranging from $288 for certification in 2004 or earlier to $340 for certification in 2015.

2. What is the exam format?

ANSWER: The exam consists of four modules, each with approximately 60 multiple choice questions.

3. What does the exam cover?

ANSWER: Each candidate will be tested on non-interpretive skills, which may include patient safety, contrast reactions, radiation safety and statistics, as well as clinical skills. Clinical content areas are determined by each diplomate’s self-selected practice profile. These content areas may cover the following topics:

  • Breast
  • Cardiac
  • Gastrointestinal
  • General Radiology
  • Genitourinary
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuroradiology
  • Nuclear
  • Pediatric
  • Thoracic
  • Ultrasound
  • Vascular/Interventional

4. Where can I take the exam?

ANSWER: The radiology MOC exam is given at two testing sites, one in Chicago, IL and one in Tucson, AZ. These exam centers were built specifically to accommodate the advanced, image-rich test material.

5. How long does the exam take?

ANSWER: The exam takes approximately five hours. Each candidate will be given a pre-assigned arrival time. Candidates are advised to plan to travel to their exam city several hours or even the day before their assigned arrival time to allow for unforeseen travel delays.

6. Are my travel and lodging expenses covered as part of the examination?

ANSWER: No. You are responsible for arranging your own travel and lodging for your exam. We suggest making lodging arrangements in advance as areas like Chicago fill up quickly.

7. When will I get my results?

ANSWER: Exam results will be posted through the online portal approximately three weeks after your exam date.

8. How should I prepare for the exam?

McGraw Hill Specialty Board Review: Radiology
Radiology Review Manual

ANSWER: The American Board of Radiology offers study guides for each of the clinical content areas on its website. You may also wish to work on practice questions found online or participate in an exam preparation course. In terms of books, the top-rated Radiology Review Manual or McGraw Hill’s Specialty Board Review were good and up to date textbooks in my personal preparation.

Radiology MOC question banks are likely the best way to prepare for the exam. Board Vitals will prepare you for both the electronic format of the exam, as well as the appropriate difficulty level of the questions.

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