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SON4025

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

Synopsis

Sonographic scanning methods, techniques and protocols related to selected examinations of the cardiovascular system. Gross anatomical structure and function and relevant pathophysiological disorders associated with the cardiovascular and immune systems. Interpretational skills in respect to artefacts and the sonographic appearances of the examinations addressed will be gained. The process of organ rejection and the role of ultrasound in the postoperative evaluation of liver and renal transplants. Quality assurance, sonographic measurement techniques, the utilisation of specific duplex modalities and the use of stents and grafts in vascular surgery.

Outcomes

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

  1. describe the gross structure and pathophysiological processes including
organ rejection associated with the cardiovascular and immune systems;
  1. recognise artefacts with the cross-sectional representation of the upper and
lower limb venous and arterial systems and carotid and vertebral arteries on
sonographic images;
  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of imaging modes, sonographic
techniques and methods suitable for vascular imaging and the assessment of
blood flow and organ perfusion;
  1. perform basic vascular sonographic examinations, including functional
measurements of selected vessels of the cardiovascular system to a standard
and ethical conduct expected of a competent sonographer;
  1. describe and apply quality assurance principles to sonographic vascular and
transplant imaging.

Assessment

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

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Paul Lombardo

Prerequisites

SON4000, SON4010

Co-requisites

3 days a week performing relevant clinical ultrasound examinations or equivalent