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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Paul Lombardo


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

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Marilyn Baird

Contact hours

self directed learning supported by 8 lectures