SON5022 - Sonographic imaging of the reproductive system - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences


Mr Paul Lombardo

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Online)
  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


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.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify, 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 safely and to a standard and ethical conduct expected of a competent sonographer;
  3. identify and describe the normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of the male and female reproductive systems and related artefacts;
  4. recognise when modifications to routine scanning approaches are required and describe the limitations of ultrasound in regards to imaging the male and female reproductive systems;
  5. implement Spectral, Colour and Power Doppler techniques where appropriate in ultrasound imaging of the male and female reproductive systems;
  6. describe and implement quality assurance principles to sonographic imaging of the male and female reproductive systems.


Students must be actively engaged in supervised ultrasound clinical practice in the workplace for at least three days a week (or equivalent). It is the student's responsibility to secure a supervised ultrasound clinical placement in the workplace.


  • Compulsory attainment of a requisite number of ultrasound examinations (Hurdle)
  • 2 x 1,500 words 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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