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 2014 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Paul Lombardo


Sonographic scanning methods and standard protocols related to examinations of the musculoskeletal system and paediatric brain, hips and abdomen. Interpretational skills in respect to recognition of sonographic appearances of normal anatomy, anatomical variants, disease processes and the ability to modify standard sonographic approaches with regards to the clinical question and patient presentation. Particular attention will be paid to the principles of neonatal and paediatric patient care.


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

  1. describe the anatomy, pathophysiology and sonographic appearances of common disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system.
  2. describe the anatomy, pathophysiology and sonographic appearances of common disorders affecting the neonatal brain, hips and abdomen;
  3. describe sonographic imaging techniques and protocols to facilitate the production of diagnostic images demonstrating the shoulder and knee joints, neonatal brain, hips and paediatric abdomen;
  4. perform sonographic examinations of the shoulder and/or the paediatric kidneys to a standard and ethical conduct expected of a competent sonographer;
  5. appreciate the need to adapt and modify the standard imaging protocols when dictated by the clinical presentation or clinical question;
  6. describe the application of patient care principles to neonatal and paediatric sonography.


Compulsory attainment of the 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%)

Requirement to obtain a pass: Students must obtain at least 50% of available marks overall and at least 50% of available marks in each of the written examination, and image recognition examination and clinical skills assessment. Hurdle requirements must be met.

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3 days a week performing relevant clinical ultrasound examinations or equivalent.