Master of Clinical Ultrasound
What will I study?
This distance program will be offered to practising medical professionals who wish to obtain further expertise in medical ultrasound for clinical practice. It is part of the nested program of courses related to the use of clinical Ultrasound. It also includes the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound (which will be a pre-requisites).
The course is designed to provide the knowledge-base necessary for diagnostic-level performance of echocardiography and interpretation; surface ultrasound uses such as ultrasound guided procedures and nerve blocks; and other medical specialist specific ultrasound applications such as vascular ultrasound examination. The aim is to provide advanced knowledge to specialist craft groups to facilitate use of ultrasound relevant to their speciality.
The Masters course focuses on 3-D Echocardiography and new technologies, congenital research methods, ultrasound literature, obstetric and medical conditions and completes with an advanced case studies practicum.
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First 50 points
- Principles of Ultrasound Heart Scan12.5
Principles of Ultrasound Heart Scan
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).
- 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
- Ultrasound Guided Procedures12.5
Ultrasound Guided Procedures
This subject will outline the technique of using ultrasound to guide percutaneous procedures. Procedures will include vessel access, nerve blocks, and trauma related procedures. There will be an elective of either "Nerve Blocks" or "Critical Care Procedures".
- Ultrasound Guided Vascular Access
- Nerve Blocks-Upper Limb
- Nerve Locks-Lower Limb
- Nerve Blocks-Peripheral Nerves
- Nerve Blocks-Abdominal and Thoracic
- Focused Abdominal Scan in Trauma
- Additional Ultrasound in Trauma
- Assessment of Flow and Stenosis in Vessels
- Critical Care Procedures
- Doppler Echocardiography12.5
This subject will introduce Doppler echocardiography to complement basic transthoracic echocardiography imaging.
- Principles of Blood flow
- Principles of Doppler, and Optimising Image
- Basic Doppler Measurement Technique
- Colour Flow Doppler
- Doppler Assessment of Systolic Function
- Using Doppler to Help Grade Valve Lesions
- HEARTscan Studies with Doppler Measurements
- Ventricular Function12.5
This subject will expand the knowledge of transthoracic echocardiography by learning pathophysiology and assessment of ventricular function, including in diastolic function.
- The Cardiac Cycle
- Left Ventricular Systolic Function Pathophysiology
- Evaluation of Left Ventricular Function
- Right Ventricular Systolic Function
- Right Ventricular Function Evaluation
- Atrial Function and Pressure Estimation
- Diastolic Function Pathophysiology
- Assessment of Diastolic Function
- Management of Diastolic Function
- HEARTscan Studies
Second 50 points
- Advanced Anatomy and Doppler Analysis12.5
Advanced Anatomy and Doppler Analysis
This subject will provide additional advanced material on anatomy and doppler analysis, which would not have been covered at the certificate level.
- Role of Echocardiography in Perioperative and Critical Care Environments
- Safety of Ultrasound and TOE
- Cleaning and Disinfection of Ultrasound Probes
- Anatomy-Coronary Vessels
- Additional TOE Views and anatomical Variants
- Anatomy-Other Structures
- Estimation of Intraventricular and PA Pressures
- Normal Doppler Values
- Calculations Workshop
- Principles of PISA
- Paediatric and Obstetric Conditions
- Advanced Valve and Aortic Pathology12.5
Advanced Valve and Aortic Pathology
This subject will provide advanced knowledge called valvular and aortic pathology and echocardiography assessment
- Mitral Regurgitation
- Perioperative Assessment of Mitral Valve Regurgitation
- Mitral stenosis
- Aortic Stenosis
- Aortic Regurgitation
- The Tricuspid Valve
- Aortic Disease
- Prosthetic Valve Assessment
- The Pulmonary Valve and Miscellaneous Conditions
- Miscellaneous Congenital Cardiac Disorders
- Applications of Echocardiography12.5
Applications of Echocardiography
This subject will identify the role of ultrasound and specific clinical situations relevant to perioperative and critical care practice.
- Clinical Applications- Persistent Hypotension
- clinical applications-Acute Pulmonary Oedema
- High-Speed Deceleration Injury
- Unexplained Sepsis
- Echocardiography for Cardiac Transplant Surgery
- pericardial Tamponade
- Epiaortic Echocardiography
- Advanced Echocardiography Interpretation12.5
Advanced Echocardiography Interpretation
This subject will outline how formally report diagnostic echocardiography studies, using a custom designed database reporting system. There will be 50 case studies to be reported.
- Principles of Echocardiography Reporting
- Use of Echocardiography Report Database
- Reporting Case Studies-50 Cases
Third 50 points
- 3-D Echocardiography & New Technologies12.5
3-D Echocardiography & New Technologies
This will provide advanced knowledge for the performance and interpretation of 3-Dimensional echocardiography, as well as introducing new technologies and novel applications of clinical ultrasound.
- Transducer design and method of 3-D reconstruction
- How to perform 3-D transthoracic examination
- How to perform 3-D transoesophageal examination
- Understanding cropping and manipulation of recorded images
- Reporting 3-D examinations
- Congenital,Obsetric& Medical Conditions12.5
Congenital,Obsetric& Medical Conditions
This subject will provide advanced knowledge for echocardiography interpretation in patients with adult congenital, obstetric, and unusual medical conditions.
- Transthoracic echocardiography in children
- Atrial defects
- Ventricular defects
- Valvular defects
- Defects of the great vessels
- Congenital defects that present in adults
- Assessment of congenital defects after surgery
- Case reports - 25 cases
- Advanced Case Studies Practicum12.5
Advanced Case Studies Practicum
Students are required to complete 50 clinical ultrasound cases in the workplace, and submit a logbook of cases. In addition, 50 advanced clinical ultrasound cases will be provided for interpretation and reporting to provide a range of rare cases that are unlikely to be encountered in normal daily practice.
- Research Methods & Ultrasound Literature12.5
Research Methods & Ultrasound Literature
This subject will work through research methods applicable to understanding echocardiography and clinical ultrasound literature. Learning will be reinforced by completing a series of assignments focused on evaluating echocardiography and clinical ultrasound publications.