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RAD3021 - Sonographic imaging and methods 1

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Mr Paul Lombardo


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Acoustics theory, transducer design, beam focusing, sound-tissue interaction, image acquisition, A mode, B mode, image formation, image artifacts. Doppler ultrasound: Quality assurance in ultrasound. Power levels and biological effects. Sonographic anatomy of the abdominal organs and related structures. Sonographic representation of common abdominal pathologies. Selection of appropriate equipment, transducer and optimisation of technical factors. Scanning techniques for the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and great vessels. Artifacts. Image optimisation.


On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the physical principles of ultrasound, its associated instrumentation and biological effects. The unit will provide students with the requisite knowledge and skills necessary to the conduct of sonographic examinations of the abdominal organs and related structure (liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, bladder, gastrointestinal tract, great vessels and the abdominal wall). Completion of the unit will enable students to participate in such examinations and to recognise and describe the sonographic appearances of normal abdominal anatomy, physiology and common pathology.


Examination: 50%
Image analysis exam: 10%
Imaging essay -U/S Physics: 10%
SOLAR case study: 10%
Methods assignment: 10%
Ultrasound skills assessment: 10%
Practical session attendance: Hurdle

Contact hours

self directed learning supported by 8 lectures