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Fundamentals of Ultrasound Technology

Course Details

Course/Module Code



23-24 Accredited 15 credits



23-24 Non-Accredited 15 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 Induction Day: Wednesday 10th January 2024 (09:30-16:30) - recommended to attend most probably online. Submission Date: Online Examination: 24th June 2024. Please refer to Antonio Sassano 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 - 22 January 2024ONLINE09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday - 23 January 2024ONLINE09:30 - 16:30
Monday - 26 February 2024ONLINE09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday - 27 February 2024ONLINE09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday - 22 May 2024ONLINE09:30 - 16:30
Monday - 24 June 2024ONLINE09:30 - 16:30




The assessment will be a two hour written examination to assess and demonstrate you can apply an in-depth knowledge of ultrasound physics, equipment and instrumentation to a range of issues, including safety and quality assurance, management of the service and clinical practice.



Careers/further study

This module can contribute towards MSc Medical Ultrasound.


The module syllabus typically covers:

  • The nature of ultrasound - Continuous-waves: properties, generation, propagation, interactions, processing, acoustic impedance. Pulsed-waves: Piezoelectric effect, beam shapes and transducers, focusing, power, intensity, bandwidth, pulse-repetition frequency, resolution and artefacts.
  • Instrumentation and System Design - Transducer design and technology ("fitness for role"), pulse-echo principles, A-mode, B-mode, M-mode, real time, measurements, image storage and recording media, manipulation and display.
  • Contemporary advancements basic overview of tissue harmonic imaging, contrast media, transducer technology, 3D/4D ultrasound.
  • Doppler techniques - Doppler effect continuous and pulsed-wave; analyses and display of Doppler signals (spectral, colour flow imaging, power); clinical applications.
  • Quality control and performance checks - Quality assurance, acceptance testing and phantoms.
  • Bio-effects, dosimetry and safety - Thermal, cavitation, radiation stress effects ("non-thermal non-cavitational"), "in-vivo" "in-vitro", and epidemiological studies, safety indices, methods to minimise risks, current research.

Course Director

Antonio Sassano


This 15 credit Fundamentals of Ultrasound Technology module is designed to give a foundation in the science and instrumentation of medical ultrasound, and give you the knowledge and understanding needed to perform examinations safely and competently. It will also address issues relating to new technology and quality assurance.

On successful completion of this level 7 (Masters level) module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the systematic application of ultrasound physics, equipment and instrumentation
  • Critically evaluate the equipment and technological processes used to process, display and view images
  • Explain the processes required to produce optimum diagnostic images, and their application
  • Consider and critically evaluate ultrasound technology to enable optimum use of the ultrasound equipment within the current recommendations for safe practice, with particular reference to biohazards.

Learning and Teaching

The module will consist of a mixture of lectures and practical workshops. You will be expected to contribute to discussions based on your own knowledge and experiences, and recognise gaps in your knowledge and understanding and to investigate these areas by asking questions and reading around the subject.

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15 credit level 7 module

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