Chiropractic radiology is a specialized branch of chiropractic healthcare. Similar to medicine, there are generalists and specialists in chiropractic. Most chiropractors are generalists, and most specialties in the field require additional training in the form of postgraduate seminars or full-time residencies—as is required with chiropractic radiology—and then board certification examinations to earn diplomate status. In the case of chiropractic radiologists, the examining board is the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (ACBR), widely considered the most stringent of the specialty boards in chiropractic. Chiropractors who pass this certification process and maintain their continuing education requirements may use the designation of diplomate of the ACBR (DACBR).
Training and Certification Chiropractors complete 300 to 400 hours of training in chiropractic school to learn about acquiring and interpreting plain film radiography. This training includes some rudimentary education in advanced imaging to learn to recognize imaging type and to gain a better understanding of reports they may get from a radiologist. Chiropractic radiologists complete approximately 4,000 hours of training in practical and didactic training during their three- to four-year residencies. They are certified by the ACBR, an autonomous examining agency not affiliated with the American Chiropractic Association the Council on Diagnostic Imaging or the American Chiropractic College of Radiology.