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 185 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.

Announcement: PVI Examination to Feature Picture Archive and Communication Simulation (PACS) Questions

The new, patent-pending PACS items are designed to simulate an interpretation workstation experience relevant to actual present-day medical practice. The PACSim items will first appear on the PVI examination during the upcoming Fall 2014 administration, scheduled from November 12 – December 16, 2014. Read the full press release. Visit to learn more.

Applications for the Spring Administration is now open through March 23, 2015 for the April 21 - May 21, 2015 Examination Administration.

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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.



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.