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General Medical Ultrasound in Practice

Course Details

Course/Module Code





20-21 Accredited 30 credits



20-21 Non-Accredited 30 credits



Course Dates

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Course Dates

Course Information : PLEASE NOTE: You must download and complete the Clinical Placement Form and upload this form to your application. Your application will not be processed until this form has been completed. Induction Day: Wednesday 13th January 2021 (09:30-16:00) - recommended to attend. Portfolio submission date: TBC. SOPE: TBC. Please refer to Glenda Toach for full details of attendance dates. Please ignore the venue information in our offer email. Due to the pandemic your course will be taught ONLINE and all dates will stay as contact days until the Course Lead advises otherwise.



Attendance days for the course

Wednesday - 13 January 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:30 - 16:00
Monday - 08 February 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday - 09 February 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday - 10 February 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday - 16 March 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Monday - 14 June 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday - 15 June 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:30




Assessment for the module incorporates both clinical and academic processes i.e. both cognitive ability and professional competence are assessed (at level M).

A wide range of assessment strategies are employed to ensure that the postgraduate student has acquired the knowledge and understanding, as well as the intellectual, practical and transferable skills for this Programme. The details of the assessments feature in the relevant module handbooks. The assessment strategy of this Programme will thus seek to reflect the learning outcomes of each module.

Component A: Practice-based assessment
The practice-based assessment consists of the production of a Clinical Portfolio of evidence This portfolio is comprised of:

  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Placement Progress Report (one per month)
  • Record of clinical experience (minimum number of 100 cases in each area displaying a range of various examinations and pathology)
  • Evidence of CPD with reflective accounts
  • Example anonymised reports with images
  • 2 x 1000 word case studies which demonstrates the current use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool within the area of specialism
  • 4 summative clinical assessments
  • Departmental scanning protocols

The practice-based assessment is marked as a Pass/Fail. All elements are equally weighted. Further details are in the clinical portfolio handbook.

Component B: Written assignment
Consists of a 3,000 word written assignment on a subject relating to the area of specialty being studied. Further details are in the module handbook



Careers/further study

This module contributes towards the MSc in Medical Ultrasound.


The module will enable students to explore the efficiency and efficacy of ultrasound practice of general medical ultrasound.

Professional practice forms an integral part of the module, thus facilitating the application of theoretical principles to practice.

This module provides the student with an academic foundation in order to undertake the practice of medical ultrasound in a professional manner within an ethical and legal framework. It also includes interpersonal skills, the principles of verbal and written reporting concurrent with approaches to decision making and accurate record keeping.

General content

  • Applied anatomy, physiology and pathology related to general medical ultrasound practice; role of ultrasound as a screening procedure
  • Interpretation of biochemical and other invasive or non-invasive screening/diagnostic tests, issues relating to the holistic preparation and care of the patient
  • Role of ultrasound in the overall management of the patient.
  • Ultrasound appearances of normal and abnormal anatomy, to include anatomical variants.
  • Range of ultrasound techniques for external and intra-cavity procedures
  • Doppler studies
  • Contrast agents
  • Complementary and/or alternative imaging techniques
  • 4D Scanning Interpretation and recording of examination data
  • Safety guidelines, protocols and legislation
  • Contemporary research and developments in ultrasound
  • Techniques related to ultrasound imaging of abdominal and pelvic contents
  • Genito-urinary system
  • Hepato-biliary system
  • Pancreas
  • Lymphatic system
  • Peritoneum
  • Vascular
  • Digestive system
  • Male and female reproductive systems
  • Normal and abnormal appearances of the female pelvis
  • Techniques related to ultrasound imaging of non-abdominal superficial structures
  • Thyroid; breast; soft-tissues; musculo-skeletal; vascular; testes; salivary glands.

Paediatric ultrasound techniques

  • Ultrasound of the thorax
  • Pleural and pericardial effusions.

Legal and ethical issues

  • General legal and ethical principles relating to the practice of General Medical Ultrasound

Professional and employment issues relating to General Medical Ultrasound practice

  • Professionalism and professionalisation.
  • Work related upper limb disorders.
  • Ergonomics


  • Importance of effective communication, listening skills, verbal/non verbal communication and self-awareness.
  • Issues of confidentiality and counselling models.


  • Principles of verbal and written reporting, approaches to decision making, record keeping Influences of information technology on database development and use of information
  • Work related upper limb disorders


The aim of the General Medical Ultrasound in Practice module is to provide you with the knowledge base to become a proficient practitioner in the field of general medical ultrasound. 

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning constitutes 112 hours of the overall module total, and includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops; external visits; work based learning; supervised practise time in scanning room.

Independent learning includes a minimum of 188 hours engaged with activities such as essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion, computer assisted learning; simulator scanning, reflection on learning.

Placement learning includes clinical practice placements are negotiated and organised by the student, but should include a minimum of 15 hours a week of supervised scanning for the duration of the module.

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