Professional course General Medical Ultrasound in Practice

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Allied Health Professions
Programme leader
Antonio Sassano

30 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 2 April 2020


The aim of the General Medical Ultrasound in Practice module is to provide you with the knowledge base to become a proficient practitioner in the field of general medical ultrasound. 

Careers / Further study

This module contributes towards the MSc in Medical Ultrasound.



The module will enable students to explore the efficiency and efficacy of ultrasound practice of general medical ultrasound.

Professional practice forms an integral part of the module, thus facilitating the application of theoretical principles to practice.

This module provides the student with an academic foundation in order to undertake the practice of medical ultrasound in a professional manner within an ethical and legal framework. It also includes interpersonal skills, the principles of verbal and written reporting concurrent with approaches to decision making and accurate record keeping.

General content

  • Applied anatomy, physiology and pathology related to general medical ultrasound practice; role of ultrasound as a screening procedure
  • Interpretation of biochemical and other invasive or non-invasive screening/diagnostic tests, issues relating to the holistic preparation and care of the patient
  • Role of ultrasound in the overall management of the patient.
  • Ultrasound appearances of normal and abnormal anatomy, to include anatomical variants.
  • Range of ultrasound techniques for external and intra-cavity procedures
  • Doppler studies
  • Contrast agents
  • Complementary and/or alternative imaging techniques
  • 4D Scanning Interpretation and recording of examination data
  • Safety guidelines, protocols and legislation
  • Contemporary research and developments in ultrasound
  • Techniques related to ultrasound imaging of abdominal and pelvic contents
  • Genito-urinary system
  • Hepato-biliary system
  • Pancreas
  • Lymphatic system
  • Peritoneum
  • Vascular
  • Digestive system
  • Male and female reproductive systems
  • Normal and abnormal appearances of the female pelvis
  • Techniques related to ultrasound imaging of non-abdominal superficial structures
  • Thyroid; breast; soft-tissues; musculo-skeletal; vascular; testes; salivary glands.

Paediatric ultrasound techniques

  • Ultrasound of the thorax
  • Pleural and pericardial effusions.

Legal and ethical issues

  • General legal and ethical principles relating to the practice of General Medical Ultrasound

Professional and employment issues relating to General Medical Ultrasound practice

  • Professionalism and professionalisation.
  • Work related upper limb disorders.
  • Ergonomics


  • Importance of effective communication, listening skills, verbal/non verbal communication and self-awareness.
  • Issues of confidentiality and counselling models.


  • Principles of verbal and written reporting, approaches to decision making, record keeping Influences of information technology on database development and use of information
  • Work related upper limb disorders

Learning and Teaching

Scheduled learning constitutes 112 hours of the overall module total, and includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops; external visits; work based learning; supervised practise time in scanning room.

Independent learning includes a minimum of 188 hours engaged with activities such as essential reading, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion, computer assisted learning; simulator scanning, reflection on learning.

Placement learning includes clinical practice placements are negotiated and organised by the student, but should include a minimum of 15 hours a week of supervised scanning for the duration of the module.

Study time

Contact time may include any of the following activities: Lectures; class discussions; tutorials, synchronous on-line discussion boards; seminars; clinical placement visits; medical museum visit; laboratory hands-on clinical practice using a simulator and real-life models; VLE using e-Blackboard.

Lectures will be provided by the Course Team and by external clinical specialists. Classroom sessions will also include hands-on scanning supervised sessions and review of cases. Discussion groups will be organised covering a range of relevant topics


Assessment for the module incorporates both clinical and academic processes i.e. both cognitive ability and professional competence are assessed (at level M).

A wide range of assessment strategies are employed to ensure that the postgraduate student has acquired the knowledge and understanding, as well as the intellectual, practical and transferable skills for this Programme. The details of the assessments feature in the relevant module handbooks. The assessment strategy of this Programme will thus seek to reflect the learning outcomes of each module.

Component A: Practice-based assessment
The practice-based assessment consists of the production of a Clinical Portfolio of evidence This portfolio is comprised of:

  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Placement Progress Report (one per month)
  • Record of clinical experience (minimum number of 100 cases in each area displaying a range of various examinations and pathology)
  • Evidence of CPD with reflective accounts
  • Example anonymised reports with images
  • 2 x 1000 word case studies which demonstrates the current use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool within the area of specialism
  • 4 summative clinical assessments
  • Departmental scanning protocols

The practice-based assessment is marked as a Pass/Fail. All elements are equally weighted. Further details are in the clinical portfolio handbook.

Component B: Written assignment
Consists of a 3,000 word written assignment on a subject relating to the area of specialty being studied. Further details are in the module handbook


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Prices and dates

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Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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How to apply

How to apply

You are required to apply online for your CPD modules, which you can take as stand-alone courses or as part of an undergraduate (level 3) or postgraduate (Masters level) programme.


You will need to download and complete the Clinical Placement Form below. Once this is completed, please upload it onto your CPD Portal. This form will be used to inform the Module Leader of your suitability for the module. Your application cannot be processed until this form has been received.

Clinical Placement Form

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