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Theory of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging
Diagnostic Imaging


The aim of this module is to examine the role of ultrasound in musculoskeletal imaging with an emphasis on safe practice. It will also include a comparison of ultrasound techniques with other available diagnostic tests and the role of ultrasound in invasive procedures.

The module will allow you to develop an understanding of the role of ultrasound in comparison to other imaging modalities in the diagnosis and management of a range of musculoskeletal conditions to help enhance your practice.

Who the module is aimed at

The module is available to health professionals who have a role or interest in musculoskeletal disease and imaging, such as Diagnostic Radiographers, Sonographers, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists/Podiatric Surgeons and Doctors.  This module is theoretical only and does not provide any competencies within ultrasound.

What you learn

This module aims to provide the theoretical underpinning knowledge relating to the safe use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in relation to other imaging modalities.  You learn how ultrasound is used in musculoskeletal imaging and its benefits and limitations in relation to other procedures.  The normal anatomy and guidelines for ultrasound scanning of different structures will help develop your anatomical knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, and consideration of the appearances and presentation of common musculoskeletal conditions broaden your understanding of musculoskeletal disease.  You also consider how interventional techniques may be used.

General areas covered

  • Underpinning scientific principles of medical ultrasound
  • Normal sonographic appearances of the musculoskeletal system in relation to gross anatomy
  • Guidelines for musculoskeletal ultrasound.
  • Common musculoskeletal pathology and sonographic demonstration of abnormal appearances and pathology of the musculoskeletal system
  • Invasive procedures for diagnosis and intervention.
  • Complimentary and alternative imaging modalities and diagnostic tests.
  • Professional issues in musculoskeletal ultrasound and occupational standards.

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills 

The module will help develop your knowledge of the role of ultrasound and imaging of musculoskeletal system within the patient pathway.

Unique or interesting features 

This module is likely to have a multi-disciplinary feel, with students from a range of disciplines likely to find this module useful.  You are able to adapt your assessment focus towards a pathology which is of interest to you.

To study this distance learning module you will require access to a computer with:

  • a reliable internet connection
  • Microsoft Windows XP or newer (PCs) / OSX 10.6 or newer (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer version 8 or newer (PC), Safari 4.0 or newer (Mac) or the current version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 7 or newer.

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £670

International students: £670 - this is part-time study and therefore cannot provide sponsorship for Tier 4.


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

  • Entry requirements

    Each application is assessed individually but normally an applicant would require:

    • A first degree (or equivalent professional qualification) in a relevant health care subject (e.g. BSc Diagnostic Radiography)
    • To be working as a health professional and uses diagnostic imaging in practice
    • Where English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 is required, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and no individual element below 5.5.
    • Access to a reliable internet connection and basic skills in IT

    The above must be evidenced in your application form

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    This module is delivered via distance learning

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    This module is planned to commence delivery w/c 30th September 2019 with online induction activities taking place from w/c 23rd September 2019.  The module runs until January 2020. 

    For distance learning modules attendance at the university is not required but engagement with online activity is expected.

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Coursework

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 15 level 7 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Pauline Mitchell - or contact the student experience team:

0114 225 2373

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