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2018/19 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS5219M Gynaecological Ultrasound

30 creditsClass Size: 45

Module manager: Helen McAlinney
Email: h.c.mcalinney@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

See programme entry criteria

Co-requisites

ARCS5256MScience and Technology of Ultrasound
ARCS5258MProfessional Issues in Diagnostic Imaging

Module replaces

Gynaecological Ultrasound HECS5219M

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides application of specific knowledge and a structure for practical skill development for the use of ultrasound in gynaecological ultrasound examinations. This module allows the student to apply theoretical knowledge gained in the co-requisite modules.

Objectives

On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate skill in acquiring, interpreting & reporting gynaecological ultrasound examinations and achieve competence to practise as an ultrasound practitioner.

Learning outcomes
- Demonstrate an in-depth, specialist knowledge of normal and abnormal ultrasound appearances and techniques relevant to gynaecological ultrasound
- Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of gynaecological ultrasound practice
- Critically and creatively evaluate current issues, research and evidence based practice relating to gynaecological ultrasound
- To take a proactive, self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others
- Demonstrate effective decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations
- Reflect critically on practice and the role of medical ultrasound in the management of the gynaecological patient

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:

- Critically appraise an individual’s clinical need for appropriate ultrasound and select an appropriate technique
- Acquire, interpret and report appropriate ultrasound examinations competently
- Critically evaluate clinical and other relevant information to determine when additional examinations / procedures are required
- Critically evaluate ultrasound examinations for technical and diagnostic quality
- Assess and respond to an individual’s physical and psychological care needs during the ultrasound examination.


Syllabus

Anatomy and Physiology - review and revision, pre menarche, menarche, post menarche.
Endocrinology

The following points are common to all topics
- Evaluation of the clinical question
- Guidelines
- Ethical dilemmas
- Appropriate patient care
- Clinical history taking
- Selection and correct use of the equipment
- Health and safety
- Scanning Procedures
- Patient’s physical and psychological condition
- Emphasis of appropriate technique according to clinical presentation and ultrasound findings
- Organ position, size, echotexture and relevant measurements
- Observations and conclusion to include normal, anatomical variants and pathological ultrasound findings
- Awareness of implications of complications
- Critical evaluation of the examination
- Differential diagnoses
- Limitations
- Clear, concise communication of the findings (verbal and written report)
- Awareness of interventional procedures and patient management.

Gynaecological Ultrasound protocols, patient consent, chaperoning, intimate examinations
Ultrasound techniques -
- transabdominal technique
- transvaginal technique
- 2D/3D/4D techniques
- introduction to renal ultrasound technique

Normal ultrasound appearances of the non-pregnant female pelvis
- Normal anatomy/variants of the female pelvic organs and structures including age-related appearances. congenital anomalies
- Cervix
- Uterus
- Ovaries
- Adnexae

Abnormal ultrasound appearances
- Cervix - benign and non-benign appearances
- Uterus - uterine disease – benign, non-benign, inflammatory
- Ovaries - simple and complex pathology, polycystic ovaries
- Adnexae - pelvic abscess, PID, endometriosis,
- Infective processes, Inflammatory processes
- The role of ultrasound in gynaecological screening
- The role of ultrasound in post-menopausal bleeding
- Alternative gynaecological investigations
- The use of ultrasound in reproductive medicine
- Ultrasound related appearances with pharmacological agents and contraceptive devices
- The application of ultrasound contrast media in gynaecology
- The use of ultrasound in fast track gynaecological cancer management
- Clinical management of gynaecological disease

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Other - Clinical Placement days1500.00150.00
Class tests, exams and assessment41.004.00
Lecture161.0016.00
Practical51.005.00
Seminar201.0020.00
Tutorial51.005.00
Private study hours100.00
Total Contact hours200.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Private study to include literature searches, seminar and assessment preparation, independent supporting investigation & critical evaluation of patient-based case report for summative assessment; maintenance of clinical learning record. Clinical simulation.
Clinical hours: 150 notional hours is at a ratio of 2:1, 300 real hours of supervised clinical practice are required.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students and their clinical mentors are encouraged to use the formative clinical and academic assessment process regularly throughout the module to develop self-assessment skills and to generate formative feedback identifying student progress and where additional learning and skill development is required.
Peer and tutor feedback also given in case study discussions, assessment preparation seminars/quizzes. Tutor support will be given to assignment outline plans.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay2500 words50.00
Placement AssessmentSummative Clinical Assessment (Pass/Fail)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Progress is monitored by: Students and their clinical mentors are encouraged to use the formative clinical and academic assessment process regularly throughout the module to develop self-assessment skills and to generate formative feedback identifying student progress and where additional learning and skill development is required. Peer and tutor feedback also given in case study discussions, assessment preparation seminars/quizzes. Tutor support will be given to assignment outline plans.


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam)1 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/05/2019

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