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General Medical Ultrasound in Practice

Course Details

Course/Module Code





23-24 Accredited 30 credits



23-24 Non-Accredited 30 credits



Course Dates

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Course Dates

Course Information : CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 08/12/23. If the closing date has passed please contact us for availability. PLEASE NOTE: once your application status is showing as registered, it will take up to 5 working days for your login details for MyUWE to be issued by email. Please only contact us if you have not received after this time 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 10th January 2024 (09:30-16:30) Online - recommended to attend. Clinical portfolio submission date: 05/12/24 SOPE is between: TBC Please refer to Glenda Toach for full details of attendance dates. NOTE: For parking on Glenside Campus, you will need to download a Parking Permit from the University - you will be able to do this once you have been registered on the University Student Information system.



Attendance days for the course

Wednesday - 10 January 2024ONLINE09:30 - 16:30
Monday - 05 February 2024GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 06 February 2024GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - 07 February 2024ONLINE09:00 - 16:00
Monday - 11 March 2024ONLINE09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 12 March 2024ONLINE09:00 - 16:00
Monday - 10 June 2024GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 11 June 2024GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - 24 September 2024ONLINE09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday - 25 September 2024ONLINE09:00 - 16:00




Component A:
Completion of a Clinical Portfolio to include summative clinical assessments.

Component B:
Structured Oral and Practical Examination (SOPE).



Careers/further study

This module can contribute towards the MSc Medical Ultrasound.


This level 7 (Masters level) module will enable you 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 you 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.

The module syllabus typically includes:

  • 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

Course Director

Glenda Toach

Entry Requirements

You must be working in a relevant area of ultrasound practice, and have either completed or be enrolled on a relevant physics or the Fundamentals of Ultrasound Technology module, by agreement with the module leader


The aim of this 30 credit 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.

Study facilities

The College of Health, Science and Society has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

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30 credit level 7 module

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