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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - 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 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Paul Lombardo


Sonographic scanning methods, standard protocols and interpretational skills for
recognition of sonographic appearances of normal anatomy, anatomical variants and
disease processes associated with the female pelvis, the scrotum and its contents.
Appreciation of when to modify standard approaches to the clinical question and patient presentation and recognise limitations of ultrasound in relation to other medical imaging and laparoscopic examinations of the reproductive system.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and justify the selection of imaging parameters, equipment and
transducers, infection control measures and consent protocols for sonographic
examinations of the female pelvis and the scrotum;
  1. perform routine transabdominal and transvaginal scanning of the female pelvis
and routine sonographic examinations of the scrotum to a standard and ethical
conduct expected of a competent sonographer;
  1. describe and recognise the normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of
the male and female reproductive systems and related artefacts;
  1. appreciate the need to adapt and modify standard imaging protocols when
dictated by the clinical condition of the patient;
  1. use Spectral, Colour and Power Doppler techniques where appropriate;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the limitations of ultrasound in relation to the
diagnosis of pathology in the male and female pelvis;
  1. describe and apply quality assurance principles to sonographic imaging of the
reproductive system.


Compulsory attainment of a requisite number of ultrasound examinations (hurdle
Two assignments (30%)
Written examination (2 hours) (40%)
Image recognition examination (1 hour) (20%)
Clinical skills assessment (10%)

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Paul Lombardo


SON4000, SON4010


3 days a week performing relevant clinical ultrasound examinations or equivalent