Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Spring & Summer
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 28 June 2024
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

This module is an essential component of all the Postgraduate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging awards. It introduces students to the practical skill of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging including the ESSR protocols. The role of imaging for different professional groups is acknowledged including the varied documentation and communication requirements.

Module aims

This module aims to introduce students to musculoskeletal ultrasound as a modality. Relevant scientific principles, practical use and clinical application will be included. The potential clinical role of this modality is extensive; varying between professionals and work environments. The module is designed to enhance clinical competency and facilitate clinicians’ professional development.
This module would be appropriate for health care practitioners who require a basic introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound that has the quality assurance of a university based module. Practitioners could include radiology trainees, rheumatologists, sonographers, experienced physiotherapists and general practitioners with a special interest in musculoskeletal medicine.

Module learning outcomes

This module enables students to meet the following learning outcomes:
1. Demonstrate an effective examination of the main peripheral joints using ultrasound

2. Critically evaluate the use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool with musculoskeletal pathologies

3. Compare and contrast normal and pathological findings identified through the use of ultrasound

4. Evaluate the role of ultrasound within their professional practice

Module information

The module comprises an introduction to the following content:
* National and international guidelines for musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.
* Clinical governance and quality assurance issues
* Extensive practical scanning.
* Application of ultrasound to musculoskeletal presentations including soft tissue pathology, rheumatology and rehabilitation.

Learning and teaching methods

Overview: Teaching methods include: • Formal lectures • Scanning protocol teaching • Supervised scanning practice • Seminar discussions The module leader who will be able to answer queries via e-mail will support the module.


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   Reflective Portfolio  19/04/2024  100% 

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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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Sarah-Jane King, email:
Anthony Smith, Anand Parkunan (Consultant Physiotherapist and Clinical Director HealthShare Clinical Services), Kristal Miller (Sonographer with MSK Specialism), Peter Kabogoza (Clinical Leader in Ultrasound - InHealth) and external speakers.



External examiner

Dr Michael Smith
Cardiff University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 32 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
32 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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