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The Certifying exam is an image-rich and computer-administered exam that emphasizes synthesis of information, differential diagnosis, and patient management.
The ABR Certifying Exam consists of four modules:
Essentials of Diagnostic Radiology
This is a required module and it covers basic knowledge that every radiologist should know (for example, recognizing child abuse, pneumothorax, shock bowel, and subdural hematoma).
Clinical Practice Area Modules
These modules are selected by the candidate based on training, experience, and practice emphasis. Candidates may select any three areas.
The clinical practice areas are:
All clinical category modules will contain Noninterpretive Skills content which are general topics of importance to the practice of radiology, such as recognition and managment of contrast reactions, error prevention, communication skills, professionalism, ethics, and other aspects of practice.
The ABR provides a syllabus called the Noninterpretive Skills Domain Specification and Resource Guide