Course Title: Ultrasound Technology and Bioeffects

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Ultrasound Technology and Bioeffects

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

RADI1081

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Internet

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,
Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Heather Clarke

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7218

Course Coordinator Email: heather.clarke@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Entry to the program 


Course Description

Ultrasound Technology and Bio-effects addresses Doppler ultrasound physics and instrumentation, image quality, resolution and artefacts and bio-effects.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course you will be knowledgeable in the area of Doppler ultasound technology, you will have a comprehensive understanding of artefacts and image quality in both Doppler and imaging techniques as well as have an understanding of the biological effects of ultrasound.


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

  • Explain the principles of Doppler Ultrasound and derive the Doppler equation.
  • Describe the design, operation and function of continuous wave and pulsed wave Doppler systems.
  • Discuss the merits and limitations of colour flow imaging modalities.
  • Describe and explain the cause and appearance of artefacts in real time imaging, spectral Doppler, duplex Doppler and colour flow imaging.
  • Describe and justify the quality assurance procedures in real time imaging, spectral Doppler and colour flow imaging.
  • Describe the mechanisms of interaction of ultrasound with biological material - cavitation, thermal effects and mechanical effects and explain the limitations of research undertaken to investigate the bio-effects of ultrasound.


Overview of Learning Activities

An on-line study guide will direct student 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.
  • Contributing to the discussion board forum
  • 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 the students 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, online tests and a discussion board forum that provide formative assessment and feedback to you as well as a written examination at the end of the semester.