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 2 November 2017


A variety of approaches will be used during this Masters level moudle 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.



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)

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Please visit full fee information to see the price brackets for our modules.

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.


Please see our timetable for full date information. 

How to apply

How to apply

You will 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.

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