ARDMS is currently considering revisions to the Semi-Interactive Console (SIC) item in light of advances in ultrasound technology. In preparation for the introduction of a redesigned SIC item, the current item type will be removed from the SPI examination. Effective September 28, 2020, the SPI examination will no longer contain Semi-Interactive Console (SIC) questions.
ARDMS examinations feature questions called Advanced Item Types (AIT). AIT questions assess a candidate in formats that closely relate to actual practice and, therefore, better measure practical sonography skills. The AITs allow the examinee to move closer to a hands-on testing environment. Below, please find details about these new types of questions and AIT preparation resources.
Semi-Interactive Console Questions
ARDMS examinations feature a combination of multiple choice questions, which may contain images and videos and hotspot questions. Hotspot item (question) types display an image and question and require the examinee to indicate the correct answer by using the cursor to mark directly on the image. Hotspot questions require a higher level of thinking and processing than when answering a conventional multiple choice question.
PVI and OB/GYN Examination Featuring Picture Archive and Communication Simulation (PACS) Questions
The patent-pending PACS items are designed to simulate a workstation experience relevant to actual present-day medical practice. The PACSim questions are featured on the PVI and OB/GYN examinations. Read the full press release. Visit www.ARDMS.org/pacs to view sample questions and to learn more.