RADI 7011 Practice of Vascular Sonography 1

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401293

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Description This subject introduces students to the practice of vascular sonography. Students will learn how to acquire and optimise ultrasound images and to make basic measurements, In addition, they will learn to draw conclusions about cardiovascular anatomy and function based on the images and measurements, as well as learning how to write a basic report. The skills learnt in this subject, which includes work-integrated learning, provides foundational skills in vascular sonography.

School Medicine

Discipline Radiography

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Co-requisite(s) RADI 7015


Students must be enrolled in 4765 Graduate Diploma in Vascular Sonography

Assumed Knowledge

Basic human anatomy & physiology and mathematics.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Determine the key operational aspects of ultrasound machines (CLO 2)
  2. Position and manipulate ultrasound transducers to produce diagnostic quality images (CLO 4)
  3. Generate accurate measurements of vascular structures for reporting health professionals (CLO 4)
  4. Formulate conclusions from acquired images to inform health professionals (CLO 5)
  5. Communicate key ultrasound findings in a written report (CLO 5)

Subject Content

Vascular measurements I
Ultrasound machine operation
Essentials of non-imaging physiology measurements
Image acquisition and measurement I
Ultrasound image acquisition
Sonographer Communication I
Descriptive report writing

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • http://training.gov.au
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)



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
Applied Project 20 entries 20 N Individual
Practical Exam 120 mins 50 Y Individual
Final Exam 90 mins 30 N Individual
Log/Workbook 200 S/U Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Schaberle W. Ultrasonography in vascular diagnosis: a therapy-orientated textbook and atlas. [internet] 2nd Ed. Berlin: Springer; 2016 Available from: http://ebookcentral.proquest.com

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2022)



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Autumn (2023)



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