Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

MEDIMAGE 717 – Ultrasound Imaging Technology

15 Points

Semester 1, 2019



This course provides students with advanced scientific principles of ultrasound and their application. The course addresses Doppler principles, artefacts and instrumentation, electronic array technology, contrast agents, 3-D and 4-D scanning, equipment developments and new and evolving techniques.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to extend students’ specialised theoretical knowledge and understanding of the underlying scientific principles of ultrasound technology. The student will develop the ability to apply this knowledge to obtain images of optimal diagnostic quality.

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

  1. Analyse the underlying physical principles of a range of advanced techniques in order to manipulate factors appropriately and to demonstrate an understanding of their application to practice.
  2. Analyse and integrate the principles and technology of ultrasound to enable image optimisation. 
  3. Critically evaluate the technical and diagnostic quality of a range of ultrasound images. 
  4. Evaluate the importance of quality assurance and explain the associated impact on safety and image quality. 
  5. Critically discuss current developments in ultrasound technology and assess the impact on clinical practice. 

Programme and course advice

Prerequisite: CLINIMAG 709 or MEDIMAGE 716

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

The 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 theory (40 hours) 
  • Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (10 hours) 
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)


The required textbook for this course is:

The physics and technology of diagnostic ultrasound: a practitioner's guide, Robert Gill Abbotsford, N.S.W: High Frequency Publishing 2012

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


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:

  • PeerWise MCQs 20% 
  • Written Assessment 30% 
  • Literature Review 30% 
  • Short Answer Questions and Image Evaluation Test 20%

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