Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (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. Ultrasound scanning techniques for the pancreas, spleen,great vessels,gastrointestinal tract and pelvis. 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 knowledge of the sonographic examination of the abdominal organs and related structures ( pancreas, spleen, kidneys, bladder, gastrointestinal tract, great vessels and the pelvis). Completion of the unit will enable students to participate in such ultrasound 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)

Mrs Imelda Williams

Contact hours

Self directed learning supported by eight 2 hour lectures in ultrasound methods, eight 2 hour lectures in ultrasound imaging and six 1.5hr ultrasound practical laboratories.