Professional course Contemporary Advances in Ultrasound Technology

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

15 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


This 15 credit Masters level module will explore and address issues relating to new technology and quality assurance. You will be expected to contribute to discussions based on your own knowledge and experiences, recognise gaps in your knowledge and understanding and investigate these areas by asking questions and reading around the subject, particularly current published studies. 

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in depth and critical knowledge and understanding of contemporary advances in ultrasound technology
  • Critically evaluate relevant knowledge to enable optimum use of the ultrasound equipment within the current, internationally recognised recommendations for safe practice
  • Design and critically evaluate a relevant investigation.

Careers / Further study

This module can contribute towards MSc Medical Ultrasound.



The module syllabus covers:

  • Contemporary advancements
  • Developments in digital signal processing and imaging- spatial and frequency compound imaging
  • Non-linear propagation of ultrasound principles and tissue harmonic imaging
  • Developments in transducer technology and array designs 3D and 4D ultrasound
  • Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) - principles and micro bubble contrast agents
  • Elastography
  • High intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU)
  • Microbubble assisted delivery of drugs and genes
  • Advances in Doppler techniques - clinical applications
  • Quality control and performance checks - acceptance testing and phantoms.


The assessment will comprise a 3,000-word written assignment.

The written assignment will assess:

  • the application of basic physical principles in the design of a investigation, in addition to literature searching and essay writing skills. 
  • your understanding of the application of technology to current and future practice, and critically reflect on the process. 


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