Course Title: Ultrasound of Superficial Structure

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ultrasound of Superficial Structure

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 1 2015


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 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Heather Clarke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7218

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West Campus

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

RADI 1078 or RADI 1081 or its equivalents.

You will need to be engaged in ultrasound scanning for a minimum of 3 days per  week throughout the semester.

Course Description

This course covers the anatomy, physiology, pathology and sonographic techniques used in investigations of the neck, breast, scrotum, musculoskeletal studies and other superficial parts applications.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

• Describe the anatomy and physiology of the thyroid, breast, scrotum and musculoskeletal structures and identify the normal and abnormal sonographic appearances of these structures.

• Competently perform sonographic examinations of the thyroid, breast and scrotum.

• Explain the significance of clinical tests relevant for these structures.

• Locate and critically assess further information relevant to the sonography of superficial structures.

• Optimise the use of sonographic equipment in the production of images.

• Describe the role of ultrasound in the sonographic examination of the prostate, neonatal brain, and emerging applications.

• Discuss the sonographic assessment of post-surgical breasts and breast implants.

• Demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved in ultrasound assisted intervention of superficial structures.

Overview of Learning Activities

An online study guide will direct your learning in this course together with supervised clinical practice experience in the workplace. 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 set out in myRMIT.
  • Maintaining a Reflective Learning Journal and submitting this and Clinical Skills Assessment Reports on due dates throughout the semester.
  • Maintaining a Clinical Log of Cases while enrolled in the program which is to be submitted as a hard copy at the completion of the Program.

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 via the Discussion Forum on myRMIT 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 a web browser, or equivalent. You will also require internet access via an Internet Service Provider (ISP)

Overview of Assessment

The assessment comprises of Assignments that provide feedback to you, in addition to a written Examination at the end of the semester. Practical scanning progress and learning is documented via a Reflective Learning Journal.  Practical scanning assessments of the thyroid, breast and scrotum are conducted by your clinical supervisor in the workplace at mid and end of semester.