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Accreditation Specialties by the American Board of Radiology

Accreditation of medical professionals is paramount when it comes to ensuring that patients are receiving the best care possible. By possessing current certifications administered through various professional and governing boards, colleagues and clients will know that a physician is practicing with the highest standards of quality.

The American Board of Radiology was first proposed by radiologist Dr. Arthur C. Christie in 1932. He envisioned an organization dedicated to providing certification examinations to physicians who desire becoming specialists in the field of radiology. In 1947, this vision of Dr. Christie’s came to fruition when the ABR began conducting exams to certify candidates as recognized radiologists.

Over sixty years later in 2013, the ABR continued on with this strong tradition by administering certification exams to more than 7,000 professionals in 47 different areas of study. By supplying practitioners with certifications in multiple subspecialties, the ABR assures that each candidate who successfully passes accreditation has the required knowledge and skills needed to be called a radiologist or other radiologic subspecialist.

With continuous developments in the specialty of radiology over the decades, the ABR has adjusted accreditation practices and programs as needed by adding or discontinuing certifications, depending on the current state of radiologic practices and technology.

Specialty certifications offered by the ABR as of this writing include:

  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Medical Physics
  • Neuroradiology
  • Nuclear Radiology
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Vascular/Interventional
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • DO Alternate Pathway
  • International Medical Graduates
  • Special Programs: Holman Research Pathway, DIRECT Pathway, Multidisciplinary Pathways

To keep up with the ever-changing demands of the radiology field and its practitioners, the ABR is now working to implement computer-based testing procedures, known as Core and Certifying Examinations, to replace the old system of written and oral exams. By updating its testing procedures, the ABR is continuing its commitment to ensure that its accreditation programs are of the highest standard, thereby assuring that practitioners are giving the best care possible to their patients.

Please contact us with questions regarding our ABR accreditation.