ARRT recognized by AIUM

The ARRT Sonography Credential now recognized by the AIUM

Within the last few months we received news that the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) will now recognize the General Sonography Certification administered and credentialed by The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) . This change went into effect January 1, 2013. So now the ARRT General Sonography Certification (Abdominal/General ultrasound, Ob/Gyn ultrasound) will be recognized as an accepted credential for any Sonographer in a practice accredited by the AIUM. Any Sonographer that earns the ARRT’s general sonography certification, R.T.(S)(ARRT), after January 1st, 2013 will satisfy the AIUM’s accreditation standards for these practices.

AIUM sets standards to provide certification for Ultrasound practices. These standards are designed to set a uniform standard of care in regards to basic Ultrasound procedures. They help create a baseline of care for the performance of Ultrasound examinations. They oversee the development of the standards for credentialing Medical personnel that perform and/or interpret Diagnostic Medical Ultrasounds.

At the beginning of January, 2013 all ARRT General Sonography Certification applicants will have to pass the overall Sonography exam as well as the Ob/Gyn and Abdomen portions. Also, once certified by the ARRT they will have to complete 24 biennial CME’s with at least 16 pertaining to Sonography.

For more information visit the ARRT’s site for specific exam information regarding the General Sonography Certification –

Here is a summary of the new ARRT exam.

400 Questions (increased from 270 to satisfy request from AIUM) covering the following topics:

  • Patient care
  • Principles of Ultrasound Physics
  • Abdomen Ultrasound
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Obstetric
  • Gynecologic
  • Chest (non-cardiac)
  • Superficial structures

To take the exam you do not have to have a degree in Radiography or even experience. The main qualification is having either clinical experience in sonography that meets that minimum requirements or having graduated from an accredited school.

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