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Format of the Examination in Neuroradiology

The examination consists of a 3-hour written-only component containing 60-70 short-answer questions. The examination assesses the candidate’s competence to function as a neuroradiology consultant across the CanMEDS domains of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional.

The subjects covered in this examination will include, but are not limited to:

  • knowledge and interpretation of diagnostic imaging studies of the head, neck and spine, including CT, MRI, angiography, ultrasound, radiography (plain films), myelography and nuclear medicine;
  • anatomy and knowledge of disease processes, including clinical presentations;
  • patient safety and protection issues with respect to both imaging modalities and procedures; and
  • knowledge of clinical indications for and techniques used in neuroradiologic diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures, including endovascular therapies that are applicable to the practice of neuroradiology.

Questions may cover all competencies as described in the Objectives of Training in the Subspecialty of Neuroradiology.

Study materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain and Spine (2 Volume Set) 4th Edition, Scott W. Atlas
  • Head and Neck Imaging (2 Volume Set), 5th Edition, Peter M. Som, MD and Hugh D. Curtin, MD
  • Pediatric Neuroimaging, 5th Edition, A. James Barkovich MD, and Charles Raybaud, MD
  • Practical Neuroangiography, 3rd Edition (Hardcover – Feb 6 2013), Pearse Morris, MB BCh
  • Osborn’s Brain: Imaging, Pathology, and Anatomy, Anne G. Osborn, MD, FACR
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Spine, 2nd Edition, Jeffrey S. Ross, MD
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Pediatric Neuroradiology, 2nd Edition, James Barkovich
  • Diagnostic Imaging: Head and Neck, 2nd Edition, H. Ric Harnsberger, MD

No equipment is required and electronic devices are not allowed. A calculator will be provided if necessary.


Revised September 2017