Continuing Professional Development

Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging


The details
Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging
15 credits
Level 7
07 October 2024
Colchester Campus

This module aims to develop students’ knowledge of the theoretical principles that underpin ultrasound imaging.

The science related to ultrasound generation and image production will be explored in order for students to be able to link these theoretical elements to practical considerations.

Students will become familiar with common ultrasound artifacts and their impact on ultrasound imaging. They will understand the key factors that influence equipment choice alongside the responsibilities for equipment maintenance and other quality assurance processes.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1.  demonstrate and apply a thorough knowledge of the physical and technological principles and processes of diagnostic ultrasound describing their relevance to the ultrasound image and the equipment utilised
  2. critically evaluate and debate the safety issues related to diagnostic ultrasound to enable optimal use of the equipment within the current, internationally recognised recommendations for safe practice actively reducing any hazard to patient and staff
  3. critically appraise current ultrasound equipment, latest technology and associated quality assurance procedures for pertinent use in order to identify and select new machines for replacement


Postgraduate qualification

We know you might not have time to for a full-time degree, so we've created a system of flexible CPD learning pathways. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support you receive on our CPD pathways ensures that you acquire attributes and skills which enhance your professional practice.

Pathway: Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging

Postgraduate Certificate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Module Structure

  • SE708 Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging
  • SE715 Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • SE709 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice

Postgraduate Diploma Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Module Structure

All of the PG Certificate modules, plus:

  • HS900 Research Design and Critical Appraisal and HS908 Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation or
  • HS900 Research Design and Critical Appraisal and HS927 Statistical Analysis or
  • HS945 Postgraduate Research Methods


  • SE731 Work Based Learning or,
  • SE710 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Injections or,
  • SE714 Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy and SE718 Skill Extension for Musculoskeletal Injection Practitioners – Ultrasound Guidance
  • SE719 Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Clinical Skills Experience - Scanning Record 

MSc Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Module Structure

All of the PG Diploma modules, plus:

  • SE730 Dissertation (60 credits)

 Postgraduate taught options

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Entry Requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language we require an IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 450/200.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.


Module Outline


Lectures will present theoretical and professional issues and will include:

  • Ultrasound and its Propagation in Tissue
  • Image Generation, acquisition, optimisation and interpretation
  • Ultrasound Artifacts
  • Principles of Doppler Ultrasound
  • Development of Ultrasound Imaging Technology
  • Equipment Choice and Manipulation
  • Equipment Appraisal and Evaluation
  • Image Recording
  • Ultrasound Bioeffects
  • Quality Assurance


The module teaching material will be available to all registered students via the university’s intranet learning platform, Moodle.


There are no timetabled tutorials, students are encouraged to e-mail the module leader for learning support if required.


Students will be introduced to the skills required to manipulate ultrasound equipment for safe and optimal use.

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision for you. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities as described on our website. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our applicants and students know as soon as possible.

Fees and funding

If you have any questions about the module fees please email

In the first instance approach your Education Liaison Manager to see if funding can be secured via the organisation you are working for.

What's next

To apply for an individual module please complete the module application form (.docx) and email to for the attention of Sophie Young.

Get in touch

If you have any queries about our SRES CPD modules please email our MSK team