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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

ARCS5256M Science and Technology of Ultrasound

15 creditsClass Size: 65

Module manager: Kirstie Godson

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

See programme entry criteria


ARCS5258MProfessional Issues in Diagnostic Imaging

Module replaces

Fundamentals of Science and Technology of Diagnostic Imaging (HECS5256M)Advancing Science & Technology of Diagnostic Imaging (HECS 5257M)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module allows the student to acquire an in-depth theoretical knowledge and understanding of the underlying scientific and technological principles of diagnostic ultrasound and a critical understanding of current and emergent diagnostic imaging equipment and technology which will enable them to perform a range of clinical examinations to high standards of diagnostic accuracy and safety.


On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the application of scientific and technological principles to a range of routine and emerging clinical ultrasound applications.

Learning outcomes
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the scientific and technological principles of ultrasound and explain their relevance to clinical ultrasound images and diagnostic ultrasound equipment
- Critically evaluate the safety of current and emerging diagnostic ultrasound applications with reference to optimal use of equipment to reduce hazards to patients and staff
- Critically appraise the design and function of ultrasound equipment, technological innovations and quality assurance procedures with respect to routine use, research applications and identification and selection of new or replacement machines.

Skills outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to critically appraise a range of literature types; e,g, peer reviewed research reports, technical specification and marketing brochures, technical evaluation reports.


Principles of Ultrasound as applied to diagnostic imaging propagation in tissue, artefacts, signal processing, image production and recording
Principles and application of Doppler, elastography and contrast enhancement
Image optimisation - equipment choice, manipulation of controls
Ultrasound Safety - bioeffects and ergonomics
Ultrasound imaging technological and clinical innovations
Equipment Appraisal, Evaluation and Quality Assurance

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment21.002.00
Group learning91.009.00
Private study hours125.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private study to include: e-learning; literature searches, seminar and assessment preparation, independent supporting investigation & critical evaluation for summative assessment; Clinical simulation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Quiz
- Peer & tutor feedback – group work & seminars
- Formative examination
- Tutor feedback on assessment (project) plans.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportProject report - 1500 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment1 hr 15 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

No Compensation of marks between the two elements of assessment.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 16:13:40


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