RADI 5001 Physics for Diagnostic Ultrasound

Credit Points 10

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Description This subject introduces students to ultrasound physics, a key area of knowledge for sonographers. They will learn about the essential physical principles that underpin ultrasound imaging, extending from the basic principles of sound waves through to emerging technologies and applications. This subject provides an essential basis for future study in the Graduate Diploma in Sonography (Cardiac or Vascular).

School Medicine

Discipline Radiography

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 5 subject

Assumed Knowledge

Applicants for this program must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in natural and physical sciences or health.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this subject, students will be able to:

1.  Analyse ultrasound production, propagation and interaction with tissue.
2. Explain the Doppler effect and Doppler modes and how it is applied in professional practice.
3. Appraise components of equipment performance and limitations in diagnostic ultrasound.
4. Examine the cause and effect of ultrasound bio-effects and apply this knowledge to the safe use of ultrasound.
5. Identify ultrasound artifacts, their causes and propose solutions  to address them.

Subject Content

Ultrasound physics 
- Introduction to ultrasound instrumentation
- Pulsed ultrasound
- Doppler principles
- Haemodynamic measurements

- Ultrasound instrumentation and equipment performance
- New ultrasound technologies and contrast agents
- Ultrasound artefacts
- Ultrasound bio-effects and safety


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quiz 30 minutes 20 N Individual
Quiz 30 minutes 20 N Individual
Applied Project 15 images with descriptive text 30 Y Individual
Final Exam 90 minutes 30 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

Gill, R (2021). The Physics and Technology of Diagnostic Ultrasound: A Practitioners’ Guide. 2nd Ed. Sydney, Australia: High Frequency Publishing

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)



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