RAD426 Diagnostic Ultrasound (8)

This subject examines the basic physics, instrumentation and clinical aspects of medical diagnostic ultrasound. The propagation of ultrasound in attenuative media, the interaction of ultrasound with body tissue, the instrumentation associated with different ultrasound modalities, common imaging artefacts, potential bio-effects, and recommendations for the safe use of ultrasound are all considered. In addition, aspects of 2D real-time, colour and power Doppler, and vascular ultrasound, are presented. The interpretation of diagnostic information gained from the various ultrasound modalities is also given attention.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the following courses: Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)(core) Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)(conversion) Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)(Hons)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe and perform basic calculations pertaining to the nature, production, propagation and attenuation of ultrasound in medical diagnosis.
  • Be able to describe and perform relevant calculations on the basic technology of the various imaging modes used in ultrasonography.
  • Be able to explain the basic principles of Doppler ultrasound and Doppler instrumentation and perform bloodflow velocity calculations.
  • Be able to distinguish between colour and power Doppler and their applications.
  • Be able to describe some of the biological effects of ultrasound and their physical mechanisms, together with safety issues.
  • Be able to interpret basic sonographic examinations of given organs in the upper abdomen (and their associated pathologies).
  • Be able to describe sonographic appearances of the female pelvis and basic associated scanning protocols.
  • Be able to describe sonographic appearances and relevant findings in obstetrics.
  • Be able to explain the basic principles of vascular ultrasound using 2D, colour Doppler and Power Doppler imaging of the carotid and peripheral arteries and veins.
  • Be able to describe the general considerations for estimation of flow parameters and stenosis, diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis and evaluation of renal artery stenosis.
  • Be able to demonstrate competence in performing laboratory experiments pertaining to theory topics, and display a degree of expertise in the critical analysis of data, and laboratory report writing.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Basic ultrasound physics
  • Bioeffects and safety of diagnostic ultrasound
  • A- and M-mode scanning
  • Real-time B-mode scanning
  • Doppler instrumentation
  • Bioeffects and safety of diagnostic ultrasound
  • Abdominal ultrasound - 2D real-time applications
  • Obstetric ultrasound - 2D real-time applications
  • Gynaecologic ultrasound - 2D real-time applications
  • Vascular ultrasound applications
  • Soft tissue and joints evaluation
  • Practical work


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.