Module Vascular Ultrasound

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Location Lancaster
Duration Part-time, 1 Year
Start date March 2018
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This module will equip you with skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in Vascular 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:

  • Regional normal cross-sectional arterial and venous vascular anatomy in adult subjects, including: normal and pathological appearances and variations in waveforms observed in the arteries and veins of the upper and lower limb.
  • Haemodynamics of blood flow with reference to interpreting Doppler waveforms
  • Arterial and venous vascular investigations using B mode grey scale imaging, spectral and colour flow Doppler modes
  • Comparative investigations using other diagnostic tools and imaging modalities.
  • Assessment and quantification the arterial and venous vasculature of head, neck, viscera, pelvis and limbs for abnormality and disease.
  • Description and interpretation of ultrasound appearances and measurements in normal and pathological conditions related to the above arterial and venous vasculature
  • Critical comparison of ultrasound images of the above structures with those produced by other imaging methods.
  • Assessment and monitoring of surgical interventions - grafts, stents, transplants, endarterectomy.

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.

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.