Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2013 (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;
  2. 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;
  3. describe and recognise the normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the male and female reproductive systems and related artefacts;
  4. appreciate the need to adapt and modify standard imaging protocols when dictated by the clinical condition of the patient;
  5. use Spectral, Colour and Power Doppler techniques where appropriate;
  6. demonstrate an understanding of the limitations of ultrasound in relation to the diagnosis of pathology in the male and female pelvis;
  7. describe and apply quality assurance principles to sonographic imaging of the reproductive system.


Compulsory attainment of a requisite number of ultrasound examinations (hurdle
Two x 1500 word assignments (30%)
Written examination (2 hours) (40%)
Image recognition examination (1 hour) (20%)
Clinical skills assessment (10%)

Chief examiner(s)



3 days a week performing relevant clinical ultrasound examinations or equivalent