Physicians’ Vascular Interpretation (PVI) Examination
The Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI) credential, developed in response to requests from physicians in the vascular surgery and in vascular medicine communities, documents the highest standard in vascular ultrasound interpretation. To be eligible for a RPVI credential, you must first meet specific educational and professional experience requirements before applying. Eligible candidates may schedule their Physicians' Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination. The PVI exam is four hours long and contains 200 questions. The PVI examination is administered during select times of the year at the PearsonVUE testing centers. Scores for each windowed examination period will be available approximately sixty (60) days after the testing period ends.
Important Announcement: UPDATE: ARDMS Clarifies Prerequisite/Eligibility Requirements for the PVI Examination - New!
Based on the feedback received from the vascular sonography community, ARDMS has extended the implementation of the PVI prerequisite clarification (B2 and C2). The clarification will be fully enforced for 2015 administrations. Click here to read the press release.
Applications for the Fall PVI administration are now open through October 13, 2014. The PVI examination will be administered November 12 - December 16, 2014.
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Click on the links below to obtain more information to help you apply, schedule and prepare to take the PVI examination.
- View the RPVI How to Apply Guide
- Review the Application Virtual Table of Contents
- View the prerequisites for the PVI examination - For August 12 - October 13, 2014 application period
- View PVI Sample Letters
- View the PVI Application Checklist - You can also view the status of your application through the secure MY ARDMS website.
How the RPVI and RVT Credentials Differ:
The two vascular exams are both offered by ARDMS but vary according to requirements and purpose. The RPVI credential, offered exclusively to physicians, validates the clinical expertise fundamental to vascular sonography interpretation, and recognizes the skills and knowledge required for making consistent and reliable diagnoses in vascular disease. The RPVI credential meets the physician training and experience criteria for the IAC/ ICAVL accreditation process. The Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) credential assesses the competency needed to perform a vascular sonography scan.