Module General Medical Ultrasound

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Duration Part-time, Single Module
Start date March 2020
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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2020-21 Updates

For 2020-21 academic year module delivery will be changing to an online ‘blended’ learning approach. You would usually have been expected to attend face-to-face lectures on campus, usually for one block release, prior to Covid-19, our suggestion is therefore that you are given this time by your placement to access the learning materials and tutorials on the scheduled module dates/times in a location that is best suited for you to learn, e.g. in a suitable quiet location at your placement site, or at home.

Most modules will have an element of live virtual tutorial type sessions using Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams, which you will be expected to engage with. You will need a suitable laptop or PC and adequate internet access/broadband speed to work remotely on-line.

The delivery of your modules may vary from tutor to tutor, module to module, so please always follow the guidance of your module leader and module Blackboard site. Please understand this approach to module delivery is new to us as well, so please try to be patient and understanding, we are doing our very best to ensure you remain supported throughout your learning.

For IT issues, further details on our IT services can be found here:

Remember instructions for module enrolment can be found on your programme BB site. Provided you have enrolled for your modules for 2020-21 academic year (current can check this via your student ICON account) and only when your module leader makes the module available, you will be able to access the module Blackboard sites, which is our virtual learning environment.

There is also some further information related to on-line study here on our website which you may find helpful:


This module will equip you with skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in General Medical Ultrasound. Tuition is given by leading experts in the field. For those already in possession of a CASE accredited ultrasound qualification (PGCert or above) who wish to expand their scope of practice this module can be taken as a single module for continuing professional development.

This module covers the following:

  • Normal and pathological conditions, relating to imaging of the abdomen, digestive system, renal tract, retro-peritoneum, thyroid and male reproductive tract/organs and the abdominal aorta and its branches.
  • Dealing with the technical difficulties relating to the challenges of general medical ultrasound; adaption of technique/advancing skills.
  • Techniques relating to superficial and peripheral structures; soft tissue masses.
  • Complementary techniques including contrast agent and colour and spectral Doppler applications.
  • Supplementary Imaging techniques: role of CT, MR and other diagnostic tests/procedures.
  • Report writing relating to general medical ultrasound. Preparatory requirements; rationale for ultrasound examinations.
  • Regional cross sectional anatomy.

The module is part of the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) programme, which is accredited by CASE (Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education), allowing you to practice ultrasound in the UK and some overseas countries, on successful completion of the programme. The module itself is not CASE accredited as a stand-alone module.

Course options

This course is also available as part of a postgraduate degree.

PgC Medical Imaging (Ultrasound)

PgD Medical Imaging (Ultrasound)

MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) (part-time)

Graduate destinations

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to provide evidence of preparation for practice to the standards required for a first post-qualification sonographer role. We have consulted with local ultrasound service partners who have confirmed that this would allow employment of graduates in most regional NHS contexts.

However, applicants from a non-health care background should note that, at present, employment in some NHS Trusts would not be possible due to the requirement for professional registration. These potential restrictions on employment will be discussed with you during the application process and you will be asked to sign a memorandum of agreement confirming your understanding and acceptance.