Professional course

Ultrasound Technology

30 credit Masters level module

About this course

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

Page last updated 14 December 2018


A variety of approaches will be used during this Masters level module which may include key lectures, student-lead seminars and presentations, problem-centred learning, computer assisted learning, practical experiments.

Entry requirements

A co-requisite for this course is the module Negotiated Specialist Ultrasound Practice (4) - Level M.

Careers / Further study

This module contributes towards the MSc In Medical Ultrasound.



The course syllabus covers:

Nature of Ultrasound
Continuous-waves: properties, generation, propagation, interactions, processing, acoustic impedance.
Pulsed-waves: Piezoelectric effect, beam shapes and transducers, focusing, power, intensity (SPTP, SPTA, SATA), bandwidth, pulse-repetition frequency, resolution and artefacts.

Instrumentation and System Design
Transducer design and technology ("fitness for role"), pulse-echo principles, A-mode, B-mode, M-mode, real time, measurements.
Image storage and recording media, manipulation and display.

Contemporary Advancements
Natural tissue harmonic imaging, contrast media, transducer technology, 3D ultrasound.

Doppler Techniques
Doppler effect, continuous and pulsed-wave; analyses and display of Doppler signals (spectral, colour velocity imaging, power); clinical applications.

Quality Control and Performance Checks
Quality assurance, acceptance testing and phantoms.

Bio-effects, Dosimetry and Safety
Thermal, captivation, radiation stress effects ("non thermal non-cavitational"), "in-vivo" "in-vitro", and epidemiological studies, safety indices, methods to minimise risks, current research.

Learning and Teaching

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the physical principles of ultrasound and instrumentation, applied to clinical practice. (Component A and Component B)

Subject/Professional and Practical Skills

  • Critically evaluate the equipment and technological processes used to process, display and view images. (Component A and Component B)
  • Identify, assess and resolve potential artefacts on the resultant display. (Component A and Component B)
  • Undertake quality control tests and critically interpret the resultant measurements. (Component A and Component B)

Intellectual Skills

  • Consider and critically evaluate the above knowledge to enable optimum use of the ultrasound equipment within the current, internationally recognised recommendations for safe practice, with particular reference to biohazards. (Component A and Component B)

Study time

A variety of learning approaches will be used, which includes UWE Blackboard in conjunction with key lectures, student-lead seminars and presentations, problem-centred learning, practical workshops and experiments and self-directed study.

Lectures will be provided by the Course Team and external clinical specialists.

You will require easy access to a computer and the Internet for the duration of the module.


The assessment for this module consists of a 3,000 word written report of a practical assignment (component B) and a 2 hour written examination (component A).

Component B: The practical assignment
This will involve the student undertaking a form of experimental-type procedure, and writing up a report. This form of assessment will enhance your perception of the importance and relevance of the physical principles and instrumentation of diagnostic ultrasound to clinical practice. It will also facilitate the demonstration of higher order cognitive skills such as synthesis and analysis in their written report.

Component A: Two hour examination
The examination consists of two sections:

  • Section A is a compulsory section and consists of multiple choice questions which are worth 40 marks.
  • Section B. In this section, you will be given a choice of answering three questions from five. Each question is worth 20 marks. You are encouraged to use evidence to support your answers from clinical practice or current published literature. You are expected to
    demonstrate background reading and give examples of evidence-based practice to support their learning from lectures and practicals.


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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 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 will not be processed until this form has been received.

Clinical Placement Form

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