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Radiology Exam Study Guide

written by: Daniel Brecht•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 6/2/2011

If you want some tips on where to find online exam study material for radiology, then this article will benefit you. Everything you need to prepare yourself for the exam and a career in this profession is here.

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    Why Study Online?

    Having the chance to study when and where convenient has been made possible by the use of the Internet. For some time now, Distance Education (DE) has become a popular means of accessing courses. Computer users just navigate the web trying to find the study material they want or need. Online studying is easy and is suitable for the whole family. Just think: there is really no need to attend classes or courses, go to the physical library, or even a bookstore to look for study material since computer users are able to retrieve study material from the information highway (the Internet).

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    Radiology Study Information

    There are many radiology books and guides available online both for free and for a fee. Just find the one you need or want to begin studying.

    Book of Interest

    The CRES Exam Secrets Study Guide book is intended for those individuals who want to pass the ICC Certification for Radiology Equipment Specialists (CRES) exam. The study guide book is available from Mometrix Media LLC.

    In addition to finding the right radiology book, taking a radiology course is ideal for preparing for certification, recertification, and an online radiology exam. Below are some helpful resources to get you prepared as a radiologist.

    Home Study Courses for Radiology Personnel

    S.T.A.R.S., Specialized Topics in Areas of Radiologic Sciences, has (or a very small price home study materials for radiographers, or x-ray technicianss, which are approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (A.S.R.T.) for CE credits.

    Continuing Education (CE) Courses

    For those who want to learn more about the Radiology Equipment and Instrumentation, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) has an interactive online learning module called "Computed Tomography." It awards only credit and costs only $20.00. At their website, professional resources on Radiology as well as information on how to get certified as a radiologist are available. For a CE degree option, see "Online Bachelor Degree in Radiology Science."

    Radiology Examination and Exam Study Guides

    • The Radiology Coding Certification Board (RCCB) is an exam intended for those wanting to be a radiology certified coder (RCC). Those who are certified RCCs are seen as professionals in the field of radiology. Recertification is every four years.

    Note: Here is a breakdown of the type of questions students will have to address

    • 20% - International Classification of Diseases-9th Edition (ICD-9)
    • 50% - Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
    • 20% - Anatomy and Terminology
    • 10% - Ethics, Compliance, Administrative and HIPAA

    Additional Study Materials

    • The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) offers an exam study guide on CD with six to seven hours of educational content (e.g., codes, an overview of radiology terminology, anatomy and physiology), which can help prepare for the RBMA Radiology Coding Exam. This review course on s CD costs $300 for RBMA Members and $370 for non-members. In addition, RBMA has available for a cost books and publications, too.
    • The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) offers an educator's guide for an ARRT certification. On their website are certification requirements and exam information.
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    Job and Exam Outlook for a Radiologist

    Who Are Radiologic Technologists?

    "Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care." [1]

    Employment, Licensure, and Earnings

    "Employment of radiologic technologists is expected to increase by about 15 percent from 2006 to 2016. More than 60 percent of all jobs were in hospitals. In 2007, 40 states required licensure for practicing radiologic technologists and technicians. Median annual earnings of radiologic technologists were $48,170 in May 2006." [2] For employment options, see "Guide to Career Opportunities with an Online Radiology Tech Degree."

    Radiology Oral Board – First Time Exam Takers

    "Between 75% and 82% of first time test takers pass the American Board of Radiology (ABR) exam in any given year." [3]

    *Note: At the ABR Website, there are online practice questions.

    Also, if you want to be a radiologist and be certified as one, you will need at least one Radiology Exam Study Guide. There are many radiology study guides found online. Searching the Internet is a good place to start. It's just up to you to find the right one(s).

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    Sources and Useful Websites


    • [1] American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT):
    • [2] U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
    • [3] Radiology Board Review (RBR):

    Useful Websites:

    • The Radiology Coding Certification Board (RCCB):
    • The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA):
    • The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT):