Career Pathways

What is chiropractic radiology?

Diagnostic imaging is a recognized specialty in the chiropractic profession. It has long been heralded as the most rigorous of all chiropractic specialties. As a chiropractic radiologist, diplomates perform consultative services to chiropractors and other health care providers to meet the needs of referring physicians and their patients.

Radiologists supervise and interpret plain film studies as well as advanced imaging procedures. They advise referring physicians on the necessity and appropriateness of radiologic services and quality assurance issues. In addition, they assist in clinical decision making issues regarding the maximum benefits and potential risks to the patient from an imaging standpoint.

A chiropractic radiologist may have a private practice, may pursue research and diagnostic applications, and may serve as an expert witness in matters of litigation.

Education and Technology

The advance of the medical and the technological facets of diagnostic imaging is so rapid that only a qualified radiologist can be expected to maintain the high level of proficiency required to supervise and to interpret these procedures. The practice of radiology continuously involves the application of this technology to patient imaging and treatment.

Qualified Exams

Upon successful completion of all program requirements and the recommendation of the program director, the resident is eligible to sit for the diplomate examination administered by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR).


The quality of the consultative services by the chiropractic radiologist in independent practice is reflected by the quality of their professional credentials. Members of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology are certified as Diplomates by the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology (DACBR).

Individual practices may vary by intent, licensure and scope of practice laws. More information about chiropractic radiology as a professional career choice is available at