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Master of Medical Ultrasound

Course code: 3433 ~ Course abbreviation: MMedUS ~ Total credit points required: 72 ~ 6 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

Off-campus (Clayton - P/T only)

Course description

This course, offered by the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, is directed towards radiographers and other suitably qualified health care professionals who wish to develop proficiency in the provision of medical ultrasound and to undertake further training in the area of medical ultrasound research. The Masters program is accredited by the Australasian Sonographers Accreditation Registry.

The final year of the course is designed to prepare a trainee for a research career and to meet the increasing demands of the workplace for multi-skilled sonographers.

Course objectives

A graduate from the Master of Medical Ultrasound will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following: the principles underpinning scientific research and their application; the potential biological consequences of ultrasound, sonographic and optimisation of instrumentation and quality assurance; professional ethics, guidelines and standards for the conduct of clinical ultrasound, medico-legal issues, patient care, infection control and professional communication; biopsy techniques; as well as being able to select the optimum sonographic imaging system, transducers and technical factors and implement the required scanning methods; critically evaluate sonographic scan appearances and images; perform abdomen, reproductive system, musculoskeletal system, thyroid, obstetrics, neonatal, paediatric and vascular region sonographic examinations; and assume the role of an accredited sonographer.

Course structure

Course requirements

The course consists of 10 units as follows.

Year one

Semester 1
  • SON4000 Physics of medical ultrasound and instrumentation
  • SON4010 Embryology, anatomy and pathophysiology
Semester 2
  • SON4020 Sonographic professional skills and sonography of the breast and thyroid
  • SON4021 Sonographic abdominal imaging

Year two

Semester 1
  • SON4022 Sonographic imaging of the reproductive system
  • SON4023 Obstetric sonography
Semester 2
  • SON4024 Musculoskeletal, neonatal and paediatric sonography
  • SON4025 Sonographic vascular and postoperative imaging

Year three

Semester 1
  • MFM2006R Introduction to research methods
Semester 2


Assessment includes written assignments, theory and image recognition exams, clinical skills examinations, research reports and presentations.

Contact details

School of Biomedical Sciences office: telephone +61 3 9905 8635; email or visit

Course coordinator

Mr Paul Lombardo