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Certification Exam


To be eligible for subspecialty certification in Pediatric Radiology, candidates must meet the criteria below:

  • Hold primary AOBR certification in Diagnostic Radiology.
  • Have completed one year of formal, AOA-approved concentrated study in Pediatric Radiology.
  • Hold an unrestricted license to practice in a state or territory.
  • Adhere to the AOA Code of Ethics.


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

  • A completed application.
  • Examination fee.
  • Copy of your current state medical license.

Exam Fees

An exam fee of $500 must accompany your completed application. No application will be considered complete until all fees have been paid. The annual fee covers all aspects of the examination, including the application fee.

If an applicant fails the exam, the fee for re-examination will be determined by the Board.

Exam Dates and Deadlines

The Pediatric Radiology Subspecialty Certification Exam is offered four times per year. The examination is typically offered once each spring and fall in Chicago and two times per year in conjunction with the AOCR Annual and Midyear conference.

Exam Content Outline

The exam consists of approximately 33 cases with a total of 100 questions representative of pediatric radiology. It is a computerized, image-rich exam. Candidates will have three hours to complete the exam, which covers the following topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Methods of examination
  • Technique
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Pharmacology of contrast agents, where applicable
  • Radiation safety and protection
  • Elements of normal and abnormal interpretation applicable to vascular and interventional radiology