Oral Exam


Candidates who have passed both parts of the Combined Written Examination-Physics and Diagnostic Imaging Exam are eligible to take the Oral Exam during their fourth and final year of training, or at any examination following training.


At the time of application, you must submit the following to the AOBR:

  • A completed application
  • Annual fee (if applicable)

Exam Fees

An annual fee of $400 is charged each year of the initial certification process. This fee covers all examination fees, including the application fee. It is due Dec. 31 of each year.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The Diagnostic Radiology Oral Exam is offered once each year, generally every May. The application period opens Oct. 1, and applications are due Dec. 1. For a list of currently scheduled exam dates, please visit our Important Dates page.

Exam Content

The oral exam is 4.5 hours long. Eight cases will be presented at oral film interpretation stations on the following topics:

  • Neuroradiology
  • Vascular/Interventional Radiology
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Genitourinary Tract
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Ultrasound
  • Breast Radiology
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Nuclear Medicine

Each case is 20 minutes long and will be presented with minimal or no history. Candidates are instructed to respond to each case as follows:

  • Description of study
  • Location of pathology
  • Description of pathology
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Most likely diagnosis
  • Work-up questions