The AB examination contains 170 questions that cover the following content areas. All percentages are an approximate distribution of the questions across the content areas.
AB Content Outline (Please click on "AB Content Outline" for the detailed Content Outline in PDF-Printable format).
Scroll down to see the new outline effective in 2019.
Anatomy & Physiology [30%]
• Normal anatomy and physiology
• Perfusion and function
• Abnormal perfusion and function
• Abnormal physiology
• Congenital anomalies
• Postoperative (surgically-corrected) anatomy
Patient Care [3%]
• Infection control
Integration of Data [8%]
• Incorporate outside data (Clinical assessment, Health & Physical [H&P], Lab values)
• Clinical standards and guidelines
• Measurement techniques
• Imaging instruments
• Sonographer role in procedures
• Managing medical emergencies
• Traumatic injury
AB Content Outline (Effective March 2019)
(Please click on "AB Content Outline" for the detailed Content Outline in PDF-Printable format).
Anatomy, Perfusion, and Function [30%]
•Assess physical characteristics of anatomic structures
•Assess perfusion and function of anatomic structures
Pathology, Vascular Abnormalities, Trauma, and Postoperative Anatomy [42%]
•Assess anatomic structures for pathology
•Assess anatomic structures for vascular abnormalities
•Assess anatomic structures for trauma-related abnormalities
•Assess aspects related to postoperative anatomy
Abdominal Physics [8%]
•Apply concepts of equipment/image optimization
•Apply concepts of imaging artifacts
Clinical Care, Practice, and Quality Assurance [20%]
•Incorporate clinical data with performed study
•Incorporate clinical standard/guidelines with performed study
•Obtain accurate measurements
•Assist/support during procedures
Please note: All percentages are approximate.
Your score report will display and include performance feedback for these content areas.