Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 15 December 2023
19 October 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

CER B16EMO Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging,
DIP B16EMO Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging,
MSC 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:

1. 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
2. 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
3. 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 a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Assignment 2 - Examination (MCQ)     50% 
Coursework   Assignment 1 - Coursework  08/12/2023  50% 

Additional coursework information

Students will be provided with three topics related to the technical application of ultrasound. For each topic, the student will have a maximum of 500 words to explore the topic, demonstrate an awareness of a current and relevant evidence base and link theoretical issues to practical considerations when scanning.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Sarah-Jane King, email:
Mrs Sarah-Jane King, Dr Sue Innes, external expert lecturer
School Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Michael Smith
Cardiff University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
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8 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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