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Unit Overview


In this unit, students gain (1) theoretical knowledge—an understanding of the physics of ultrasound as applied to ultrasonography, of the components and functioning of a medical ultrasound machine, of the optimal use of an ultrasound machine to produce high quality images, and knowledge of the third anatomy of the neonatal heart and brain; and (2) practical knowledge—the ability to care for an infant during an ultrasound procedure, to obtain a coherent series of ultrasound images that demonstrate anatomy and function, and to correctly interpret anatomy and physiology and to incorporate this into a management plan.

6 points
Not available in 2024King Edward Memorial Hospital and Princess Margaret HospitalFace to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the physics of ultrasound; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the functioning and limitations of an ultrasound machine; (3) demonstrate an ability to produce interpretable images of the neonatal heart and head; and (4) demonstrate the ability to draw valid conclusions from their scanning.


This comprises multiple-choice examinations for each major theoretical topic including ultrasound physics, functioning of an ultrasound machine, cardiac embryology, cardiac and cranial anatomy; a complete logbook detailing at least 50 ultrasound examinations of each of the heart and head, with reflective learning by the candidate; and a practical assessment of competency to perform and correctly interpret an examination.

This unit is assessed on an ungraded pass/ungraded failed basis. All assessment items must be successfully completed.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Approved quota: 6—priority will be given to candidates who will spend the majority of their clinical rotations at KEMH
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.