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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMMedUS
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Contact details

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

Course coordinator

Mr Paul Lombardo


  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Part-time study only.


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 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.


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.

Graduates will also be 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
  • assume the role of a competent sonographer.


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

Professional recognition

This masters program is accredited by the Australasian Sonographers Accreditation Registry.


Students compete 10 compulsory units.


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

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course with a Graduate Certificate in Medical Ultrasound or Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound providing all requirements of that award have been met.


Master of Medical Ultrasound