Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINIMAG 719 - Ultrasound Abdominal Clinical Applications

15 Points

Semesters 1 and 2, 2019



Addresses normal and abnormal ultrasound imaging appearances, scanning techniques and applications associated with abdominal ultrasound examinations. An emphasis will be placed on integrating theory and clinical practice elements to facilitate sound clinical decision making and clinical competence.

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 to facilitate clinical competence. Students will be required 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 of the abdomen on ultrasound images.
  2. Make informed clinical decisions with regard to the selection of appropriate scanning techniques and technical parameters in relation to the abdomen.
  3. Develop appropriate scanning techniques for abdominal applications.
  4. Critically evaluate a broad range of both standard and advanced ultrasound applications to investigate specific regions and pathologies of the abdomen.
  5. Apply an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making and problem solving.

Programme and course advice

Prerequisite: MEDIMAGE 716

Restriction: CLINIMAG 704, CLINIMAG 714

This course is a compulsory course within the PGDipHSc(Ultrasound). Students may consider this as an elective course in the PGCertHSc, PGCertHSc(Medical Imaging), PGDipHSc(Medical Imaging) programmes although departmental approval is required.

All students admitted to the PGDipHSc(Ultrasound) programme are eligible for direct entry to this course. For all other students, 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 offered in both semesters, enabling students the flexibility of enrolling in either semester 1 or semester 2. It 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 theory and clinical practice (40 hours)
  • Other resources provided on Canvas e.g., videos, websites (10 hours)
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)


The required textbooks for this course are:

CLINIMAG 719 Ultrasound Abdominal Clinical Applications 2018

Diagnostic Ultrasound (5th ed.)

Carol M. Rumack editor; Stephanie R. Wilson editor; J. William Charboneau editor; Deborah Levine editor.

Philadelphia, PA : Elsevier/Mosby ©2018 

This book is available online and in hardcopy via the Philson library. 

CLINIMAG 719 Ultrasound Abdominal Clinical Applications 2018 2

Sonography: introduction to normal structure and function (4th ed.)

Reva Curry and Betty Bates Tempkin

St Louis: Elsevier Saunders c2016 

This book is available in hardcopy fromthe Philson Library. In addition, a large selection of other resources will be able to be accessed online via the course website and the Philson Library databases.

Pre-course reading

It is highly recommended that students access the following online textbook via the Philson Library and read ‘Chapter 2: Abdomen’ as preparatory pre-reading for this course. This should be revision and will be assumed prior knowledge when you begin the course:

CLINIMAG 719 Ultrasound Abdominal Clinical Applications 2018 3

Clinically oriented anatomy (7th ed.)

Keith L Moore Arthur F Dalley; A. M. R Agur

Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins c2014 


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:

  • Online Case-Based Discussion 50%
  • Clinical Decision-Making Portfolio 20%
  • MCQ, Short Answer and Image Evaluation Test 30%

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