Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Saturday 05 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module



Key module for

CER B16EMO Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging,
DIP B16EMO Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Module description

The science related to ultrasound generation and image production will be explored in order for students to be able to link these theoretical elements to practical considerations. Students will become familiar with common ultrasound artefacts and their impact on ultrasound imaging. They will understand the key factors that influence equipment choice alongside the responsibilities for equipment maintenance and other quality assurance processes.

Module aims

This module aims to develop students' knowledge of the theoretical principles that underpin ultrasound imaging.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

demonstrate and apply a thorough knowledge of the physical and technological principles and processes of diagnostic ultrasound describing their relevance to the ultrasound image and the equipment utilized

critically evaluate and debate the safety issues related to diagnostic ultrasound to enable optimal use of the equipment within the current, internationally recognised recommendations for safe practice actively reducing any hazard to patient and staff

critically appraise current ultrasound equipment, latest technology and associated quality assurance procedures for pertinent use in order to identify and select new machines for replacement.

Module information

You may apply for this module if you have:

A relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at Level 7
A minimum of 1 year post-registration experience and relevant musculoskeletal experience.
HCPC or equivalent registration e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and Nurses (NMC), non-radiographer sonographers must evidence their qualification.

Lectures will present theoretical and professional issues and will include:

Ultrasound and its Propagation in Tissue
Image Generation, acquisition, optimisation and interpretation
Ultrasound Artifacts
Principles of Doppler Ultrasound
Development of Ultrasound Imaging Technology
Equipment Choice and Manipulation
Equipment Appraisal and Evaluation
Image Recording
Ultrasound Bioeffects
Quality Assurance

Feedback on all coursework will be available to students within four weeks of submission.

Learning and teaching methods

This module's delivery reflects the aim to link theory with practice: technical considerations will be taught and supported with practical demonstrations. Image manipulation strategies, ultrasound artefacts, Doppler application and equipment evaluation will be considered with practical demonstration alongside theoretical material. The module teaching material will be available to all registered students via the university's intranet learning platform, Moodle. There are no timetabled tutorials, students are encouraged to e-mail the module leader for learning support if required. Students will be introduced to the skills required to manipulate ultrasound equipment for safe and optimal use.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Examination (MCQ)    50% 
Coursework   Coursework    50% 
Coursework   Assignment resubmission     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Sue Innes, email:
School Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Mrs Lorelei Maria Waring
University of Cumbria
Senior Lecturer and Musculioskeletal Ultrasonographer
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


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