TABLE 1

Initial and Continuing Competency Criteria for Credentialing Physicians to Independently Practice Body PET/MRI*

Initial criteriaContinuing criteria
Certification typeSupervised interpretations in past 36 moDidactic education in past 36 moSupervised interpretations in past 36 moDidactic education in past 36 mo
ABR-DR, ABR-DR-NR, ABNM, AOBR, RCPSC, or Collège des Médecins du Québec certification, or board eligibility within 2 y of completing residency or fellowship150 body PET/CT; 300 body MRIPET/CT: 20 h; MRI: 100 hDirect participation in 200 body PET/MRI minimum, or 200 body PET/CT plus 200 body MRI6 h CME minimum in body PET/MRI, PET/CT, or MRI
DR or NM residency accredited by ACGME, RCPSC, Collège des Médecins du Québec, or AOA without board certification and more than 2 y since completing residency or fellowship250 body PET/CT; 500 body MRPET/CT: 50 h; MRI: 250 hDirect participation in 300 body PET/MRI minimum, or 300 body PET/CT plus 300 body MRI15 h CME minimum in body PET/MRI, PET/CT, or MRI
ABMS or Canadian-equivalent board certification in another medical specialty500 body PET/CT; 750 body MRIPET/CT: 500 h + 200 h in radiation physics, instrumentation, radiochemistry, radiopharmacology, radiation dosimetry, radiation biology, or radiation safety and in protection, quality control, or artifacts + 1,000 h in clinical NM, including dosages, image evaluation, correlation with other imaging, and interpretation; MR imaging: 500 h + 200 h in MRI physics, instrumentation, chemistry, contrast agents and use, imaging techniques, MR safety, quality control, artifacts, clinical application, or interpretationDirect participation in 500 body PET/MRI minimum, or 500 body PET/CT plus 500 body MRI30 h CME minimum in body PET/MRI, PET/CT, or MRI
  • * The term body refers to head and neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, skeleton, and extremities.

  • ABR-DR = American Board of Radiology–Diagnostic Radiology; ABR-DR-NR = American Board of Radiology–Diagnostic Radiology + Nuclear Radiology; ABNM = American Board of Nuclear Medicine; AOBR = American Osteopathic Board of Radiology; RCPSC = Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; DR = diagnostic radiology; NM = nuclear medicine; ACGME = Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; AOA = American Osteopathic Association; ABMS = American Board of Medical Specialties; CME = continuing medical education.