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Principles of Ultrasound Heart Scan (MEDI90049)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMEDI90049
March - Online
July - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will outline a physics related to medical ultrasound use; an introduction to transthoracic echocardiography using the focused assessment technique HEARTscan (Haemodyanmic Echocardiography Assessment in Real Time).

Topics include:

  • The role of Echocardiography in Perioperative and Critical Care Medicine
  • Optimising Ultrasound Images (Knobology)
  • Physics/Modes of Ultrasound/Transducers
  • Anatomy of the Heart
  • Anatomy of the Valves
  • Comprehensive Transthoracic Echocardiography Examination
  • Basic Haemodynamic State Assessment
  • HEARTscan Valves
  • HEARTscan Case Studies
  • Comprehensive Transoesophageal Echocardiography Examination Artefacts

Intended learning outcomes

The completion of the subject, students should:

  • Understand the physics related to ultrasound generation
  • Understand the different modes of ultrasound, including M-mode, two-dimensional imaging, Doppler ultrasound and colour flow mapping
  • Understand transducer design principles
  • Understand the basis of artefact generation
  • Understand the basis of optimising ultrasound images
  • Understand how to obtain transthoracic echocardiography images
  • Understand basic assessment of haemodynamic state
  • Understand basic valve assessment using colour flow and two-dimensional imaging
  • Interpret and complete a HEARTscan study
  • Review 20 HEARTscan studies

Generic skills

  • Enhance time utilisation
  • Improve written skills and problem solving skill

All students are expected to have access to a computer that can operate a Windows platform or simulation.

Last updated: 1 August 2019