Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINIMAG 713 – Ultrasound Clinical Applications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

15 Points

Semester 2, 2019



Addresses normal and abnormal ultrasound imaging appearances, in addition to adaptation of scanning techniques relating to gynaecology and obstetrics ultrasound imaging.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to cultivate a critically questioning approach to ultrasound imaging practice. An emphasis will be placed on integrating theory and clinical practice elements in order to facilitate clinical competence. The course will expect students to assimilate the underlying physical principles of ultrasound with relevant biological processes and imaging appearances.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Differentiate and explain normal and abnormal appearances on ultrasound images related to gynaecology and obstetrics.

2. Make informed clinical judgements with regard to the selection of appropriate scanning techniques and technical parameters for a range of gynaecology and obstetrics examinations.

3. Develop appropriate scanning techniques for gynaecology and obstetrics applications.

4. Critically evaluate a broad range of both standard and advanced ultrasound applications to investigate specific regions and pathologies related to gynaecology and obstetrics.

5. Apply an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making and problem solving.

Programme and course advice

Prerequisite: MEDIMAGE 716

Restriction: CLINIMAG 703

This course is a compulsory course within the PGDipHSc(Ultrasound) programme.

All students enrolled in the PGDipHSc(Ultrasound) programme are eligible for direct entry to this course on completion of the prerequisite course. For all other students, departmental approval is required and a concession request must be submitted when applying to enrol in this course.

Access to a clinical ultrasound department is highly recommended.

Course delivery and workload

This course is delivered fully online by distance via the University of Auckland’s learning management system ‘Canvas’. It will incorporate a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to the library databases and resources, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities.

The total expected workload for this course is approximately 150 hours. This may be broken down as follows:

• Set readings relevant to ultrasound clinical practice (40 hours)

• Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (10 hours)

• Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)


Course textbooks

Students will be required to have access to the following textbooks which are available online and in hardcopy from the Philson Library:

CLINIMAG 713 Ultrasound Clinical Applications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2018

Diagnostic ultrasound (5th ed.)

Carol M. Rumack editor.; Stephanie R. Wilson editor.; J. William Charboneau editor.; Deborah Levine 1962- editor. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Mosby ©2018

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Diagnostic imaging: Obstetrics (2nd ed.)

Paula J Woodward

Salt Lake City, Utah: Amirsys c2011

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Before we are born: essentials of embryology and birth defects (8th ed.)

Keith Moore, T. Persaud and Mark Torchia

Philadelphia, PA: Saunders/Elsevier c2013

A large selection of other readings and resources will be able to be accessed online via the course website and the Philson Library databases.

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Pre-course reading

It is highly recommended that students access the online textbook ‘Atlas of pelvic anatomy and gynecologic surgery’ (3rd ed., 2011) by Baggish and Karram via the Philson Library and read ‘Chapter 1: Introduction to pelvic anatomy 1’ and ‘Chapter 2: Introduction to pelvic anatomy 2’ as this will be assumed prior knowledge when you begin the course.


An aggregated mark of 50% or more is required to successfully pass this course. Resubmission of failed assessments is not permitted.

Penalties for excessive word count and/or late submission (without prior written approval for an extension) will be applied in accordance with the 'Medical Imaging Assessment Requirements and Presentation Criteria' document.

The following is indicative of the type of assessments to be completed for this course:

• Critical Review Essay 40%
• Clinical Decision Making Portfolio 30%
• MCQ, Short Answer and Image Evaluation Tests 30%

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