Course Title: Ultrasound Imaging Instrumentation

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ultrasound Imaging Instrumentation

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Heather Clarke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7218

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Entry to the Program

Course Description

Ultrasound Imaging Instrumentation covers the basic physics of ultrasound and the principles and operation of ultrasound imaging instrumentation.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Define the nature of ultrasound and describe its propagation through biological tissues.
  • Explain and critically evaluate the design, operation, role and function of each of the components of a modern ultrasound system.
  • Explain the principles of real time B-mode and M-mode imaging techniques.
  • Explain the principles of 3-D and 4-D imaging, panoramic imaging and harmonic imaging.
  • Quantify and interpret the different measures of ultrasound beam intensity.
  • Evaluate and quantify the characteristics of the ultrasound beam in terms of time, frequency and space and how these relate to the transducer design.
  • Evaluate and discuss the methods used on modern ultrasound systems to improve ultrasound beam field characteristics.


Overview of Learning Activities

An on-line study guide will direct your learning in this course. You will be encouraged to explore reference material independently and to read widely in the area.

You will learn in this course by following instructions given in the course documents and assignments section of the course found in myRMIT and specifically by:

• Completing assignments as set out in the assignment area of myRMIT.
• Exploring reference material according to exercises set out in the course documents and assignment area of the course in myRMIT.
• Completing online tests.
• Answering self test questions as set out in the assignment area of the course in myRMIT.

Throughout the semester you will receive feedback on your learning in various forms from the course tutor. The aim is to provide helpful feedback. You are encouraged to ask questions of your course tutors on any aspect of the course content that you may find difficult to understand.

Overview of Learning Resources

To access course materials you will require a personal computer with Windows XP, MS Office and Netscape Web browser, or its equivalent. You will also require internet access via an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

Overview of Assessment

The assessment comprises of a number of assignments and online tests that provide formative assessment and feedback to you as well as a written examination at the end of the semester.