Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation® (RPVI®)

The RPVI certification, developed in response to requests from physicians in the vascular-surgery and vascular-medicine communities, documents the highest standard in vascular ultrasound interpretation. By earning the RPVI certification, physicians gain a critical edge in promoting public safety in vascular interpretation ultrasound.

Please consult the information below to learn how to earn your RPVI certification, the application and examination process, and how certification pertains to your career in vascular interpretation.

If you are not a physician, click here to learn more about the RVT examination, the credential for sonographers practicing vascular technology.

RPVI Credential Prerequisites
To earn an RPVI credential, you must meet educational and professional prerequisites and pass the Physicians' Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination. The PVI examination takes four hours to complete and contains 185 questions.  

The PVI examination is administered twice during select times of the year at Pearson VUE test centers. Scores for each windowed examination period are available approximately 60 days after the testing period ends.

The PVI examination features Picture Archive and Communication Simulation (PACSim) Items (questions). The new, patent-pending PACSim items simulate an interpretation workstation experience relevant to present-day medical practice. Visit www.ARDMS.org/pacs to learn more.

Apply for the PVI Examination
The application period for the PVI examination administration is now closed. The PVI examination will be administered from June 22, 2016-August 23, 2016. To view the next application window dates, visit the Physicians' Vascular Interpretation (PVI) examination page and click the "schedule" tab.

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How the RPVI and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) Credentials Differ
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 (formally ICAVL) accreditation process.

The RVT credential assesses the competency needed to perform a vascular sonography scan.