Chest Radiography: B Reader Study Syllabus

Physicians planning to take the B Reader proficiency examination are encouraged to utilize the NIOSH B Reader Self-Study Syllabus ( for pre-test preparation. Although completion of the syllabus is not required prior to sitting for the proficiency examination, its use, or some other means of study, is highly recommended for physicians who do not regularly use the ILO Classification system and who plan to interpret digitally-acquired chest radiographs of individuals exposed to dusts in an occupational setting. Pre-test preparation is extremely important because the examination is difficult and anyone who fails the initial examination must wait ninety days before re-testing.