Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Paul Lombardo


This unit delivers theoretical and practical knowledge in abdominal ultrasound that also forms a foundation for subsequent ultrasound studies in RAD3042 and RAD4080. The unit introduces the student to the requisite knowledge required to perform an ultrasound examination of abdominal organs, including the physics of ultrasound and instrumentation, sonographic anatomy and pathophysiology, scanning principles and practice. Students will participate in the scanning of models under supervision to enable them to apply these principles and develop basic practical skills in a simulated clinical environment.


By then end of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the function, application and potential pitfalls of ultrasound instrumentation used in abdominal ultrasound scanning, including B- mode, spectral Doppler and imaging artefacts.
  2. Discuss the likely bio-effects and bio-hazards of diagnostic ultrasound.
  3. Describe patient preparation and sonographic imaging methods employed in ultrasound examinations of the upper abdomen.
  4. Recognise and describe normal structures, function and common pathological appearances of abdominal structures in ultrasound images.
  5. Demonstrate the integration of theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology and ultrasound instrumentation in abdominal ultrasound scanning to a beginner sonographer level.


1 x 3 hr exam: 60%
1 x 1500 word Imaging essay: 15%
1 x SOLAR case study:15%
1 x Ultrasound skills assessment: 10%
1.Attendance at practical sessions
2.Must pass all elements of assessment to pass the unit

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Contact hours

Blended learning approach including a combination of online learning material, face-to-face lectures and practical sessions.


Levels 1 and 2 of BRadMedImag course