RADI 7015 Principles of Vascular Sonography 1

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401292

Coordinator Donna Oomens Opens in new window

Description In this unit, students will study two essential areas of knowledge for vascular sonographers: I. cardiovascular anatomy and physiology and II. ultrasound physics. The normal anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system, and the key physics principles utilized in ultrasound imaging will comprise the majority of the unit content. This unit provides an essential basis for future study in the Graduate Diploma in Vascular Sonography.

School Medicine

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Co-requisite(s) RADI 7011 - Practice of Vascular Sonography 1

Restrictions 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. Examine the normal features of cardiovascular anatomy and its development (CLO 1)
  2. Analyse the central principles related to the transmission and interaction of ultrasound with human tissue and how ultrasound images are displayed. (CLO 2)
  3. Apply self-directed learning strategies to enhance professional learning in vascular sonography (CLO 5)

Subject Content

- cardiovascular Anatomy and physiology I
1. Features of the cardiovascular system and its development
2. Arterial and venous anatomy of the head, neck and upper limbs
3. Arterial and venous anatomy of the abdomen and lower limbs
- Ultrasound physics I
1. Introduction to ultrasound instrumentation
2. Pulsed Ultrasound
3. Doppler principles
4. Haemodynamics


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.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online Quiz 30 minutes 20 N Individual
Online Quiz 60 minutes 30 N Individual
Written Exam 90 minutes 50 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Standring, S., & Adams, Michael A., (2016). Gray�fs anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice (41st Ed) Gray�fs Anatomy
  • Gill R. The Physics and Technology of Diagnostic Ultrasound: A Practitioner's Guide. 2nd Ed. Sydney, Australia: High Frequency Publishing; 2020

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



Subject Contact Donna Oomens Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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