MRS545 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (8)

In this subject students will develop a theoretical understanding of a range of common musculoskeletal examinations with a focus on sonography of the shoulder. The emphasis is on using the optimal technical approach and patient management to enable successful demonstration of normal anatomy and diagnosis of pathology and / or trauma. Students will use a critical analytical approach to identify and understand the clinical questions used to inform selection of appropriate scanning techniques and acquisition of sonographic information. Interpretation of sonographic findings will be underpinned by a thorough understanding of the relevant anatomic, physiologic and pathological processes.

It is expected that students undertaking this subject have experience in diagnostic ultrasound or are concurrently undertaking supervised clinical practice.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS545. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have foundation knowledge in anatomy, physiology and pathology, and an understanding of principles of ultrasound.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain, in detail, ultrasound scanning techniques for the shoulder
  • be able to discuss ultrasound techniques for the scanning of: groin, knee, ankle, elbow, wrist, foot, hand, tendons, muscles
  • be able to present sonographic images demonstrating a logical and methodical approach to scanning and communicate findings clearly and accurately
  • be able to identify a range of normal and abnormal image appearances of the areas listed in the syllabus and explain the contributing role and nature of pathologic and developmental processes
  • be able to explain the significance of clinical tests and complementary modalities relevant to topics within the syllabus
  • be able to describe, using appropriate terminology and diagrams, the normal gross anatomical relationships of the shoulder


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Principles and techniques of musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Gross and sonographic anatomy and pathological processes of the shoulder
  • Upper limb
  • Lower limb
  • Adult hip and groin
  • Indications for musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging
  • Scanning protocols and techniques, including relevant measurements
  • Contribution of ultrasound to the clinical management of patients
  • Role and value of complementary imaging

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MRS545 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Case study 1
Online test module one
Case study 2
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.