MRS547 Vascular Ultrasound (8)

In this subject students will develop a theoretical understanding of a range of vascular examinations with a focus on sonographic examinations of the carotid arteries, abdominal aorta and deep vein thrombosis studies of the lower limbs. The emphasis is on using the optimal technical approach and patient management to enable successful demonstration of normal anatomy and diagnosis of pathology. Students will use a critical analytical approach to identify and understand clinical questions and to demonstrate 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 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS547. 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 ultrasound scanning techniques for carotid artery and abdominal aorta ultrasound, and deep venous thrombosis assessment of the lower limbs.
  • be able to explain: deep venous thrombosis assessment of the upper limbs; abdominal Doppler applications, including portal venous flow, superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and renal arteries; arm and leg arterial ultrasound examination; ankle brachial indices; chronic venous insufficiency study of the lower limb;
  • be able to present sonographic images which demonstrate 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 carotid artery and deep venous system


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Gross and sonographic anatomy and pathological processes of the carotid arteries and deep venous system
  • Indications for vascular ultrasound
  • Scanning protocols and techniques, including relevant measurements
  • The contribution ultrasound makes to the clinical management of patients
  • The role and value of complementary imaging
  • Doppler ultrasound and haemodynamics
  • Carotid artery ultrasound
  • Deep venous thrombosis assessment of the upper and lower limbs
  • Chronic venous insufficiency of the lower limb
  • Upper and lower limb arterial ultrasound
  • Non-invasive physiological test - Ankle brachial indices
  • Abdominal vascular scanning

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MRS547 in Session 2 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 history 1
Online test
Case history 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.