Professional/Short course Fundamentals of Ultrasound Technology

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Two semesters
Course Director
Antonio Sassano

15 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


This 15 credit Fundamentals of Ultrasound Technology module is designed to give a foundation in the science and instrumentation of medical ultrasound, and give you the knowledge and understanding needed to perform examinations safely and competently. It will also address issues relating to new technology and quality assurance.

On successful completion of this level 7 (Masters level) module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the systematic application of ultrasound physics, equipment and instrumentation
  • Critically evaluate the equipment and technological processes used to process, display and view images
  • Explain the processes required to produce optimum diagnostic images, and their application
  • Consider and critically evaluate ultrasound technology to enable optimum use of the ultrasound equipment within the current recommendations for safe practice, with particular reference to biohazards.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards MSc Medical Ultrasound.



The module syllabus typically covers:

  • The nature of ultrasound - Continuous-waves: properties, generation, propagation, interactions, processing, acoustic impedance. Pulsed-waves: Piezoelectric effect, beam shapes and transducers, focusing, power, intensity, 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 basic overview of tissue harmonic imaging, contrast media, transducer technology, 3D/4D ultrasound.
  • Doppler techniques - Doppler effect continuous and pulsed-wave; analyses and display of Doppler signals (spectral, colour flow imaging, power); clinical applications.
  • Quality control and performance checks - Quality assurance, acceptance testing and phantoms.
  • Bio-effects, dosimetry and safety - Thermal, cavitation, 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

The module will consist of a mixture of lectures and practical workshops. You will be expected to contribute to discussions based on your own knowledge and experiences, and recognise gaps in your knowledge and understanding and to investigate these areas by asking questions and reading around the subject.


The assessment will be a two hour written examination to assess and demonstrate you can apply an in-depth knowledge of ultrasound physics, equipment and instrumentation to a range of issues, including safety and quality assurance, management of the service and clinical practice.


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