Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Paul Lombardo


Sonographic scanning methods and standard protocols related to examinations of
the musculoskeletal system and paediatric brain, hips and abdomen. Interpretational
skills in respect to recognition of sonographic appearances of normal anatomy,
anatomical variants, disease processes and the ability to modify standard
sonographic approaches with regards to the clinical question and patient
presentation. Particular attention will be paid to the principles of neonatal and
paediatric patient care.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the anatomy, pathophysiology and sonographic appearances of
common disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system.
  1. describe the anatomy, pathophysiology and sonographic appearances of
common disorders affecting the neonatal brain, hips and abdomen;
  1. describe sonographic imaging techniques and protocols to facilitate the
production of diagnostic images demonstrating the shoulder and knee joints,
neonatal brain, hips and paediatric abdomen;
  1. perform sonographic examinations of the shoulder and/or the paediatric
kidneys to a standard and ethical conduct expected of a competent
  1. appreciate the need to adapt and modify the standard imaging protocols
when dictated by the clinical presentation or clinical question;
  1. describe the application of patient care principles to neonatal and paediatric


Compulsory attainment of the requisite number of ultrasound examinations (hurdle
Two assignments (30%)
Written examination (2 hours)(40%)
Image recognition examination (1 hour)(20%)
Clinical skills assessment (10%)

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Paul Lombardo


SON4000, SON4010


3 days a week performing relevant clinical ultrasound examinations or equivalent