Each module is awarded 30 master’s level credits and successful completion of both modules is awarded with a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.
Module 1 (The fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound) has five full taught days at Brunel with an examination day. Module 2 (Integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice) has four full taught days plus an examination day. Heavy emphasis on practical learning and high student to ultrasound machine ratios ensures you’ll have plenty of hands-on scanning experience. The fantastic online learning and state-of-the-art teaching facilities at Brunel provide a comprehensive learning experience.
Module 1: The fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound
Day 1: Physics of ultrasound, professional issues, machine utilisation, quality assurance.
Day 2: Practical teaching – the lower limb – hip, knee, ankle and foot.
Day 3: Practical teaching – the upper limb – shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Day 4: Practical teaching and revision – the lower limb – hip, knee, ankle and foot.
Day 5: Practical teaching and revision - the upper limb – shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Day 6: End of module exams - Practical examination and physics examination.
Module 2: Integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice
Day 1: Introduction to Portfolio and Portfolio Planning, Normal versus pathological anatomy, practical assessment of pathology, clinical assessment to aid ultrasound evaluation, group learning and practical revision.
Day 2: Presentation and practical scanning sessions covering – lower limb – hip, knee ankle and foot, upper limb – shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
Day 3: Case presentations. Image analysis, clinical relevance of identified pathologies, reporting pathological findings. Supervised group work and scanning revision. Presentations on report writing skills.
Day 4: Practical scanning revision sessions – scanning challenging structures. Clinical scenario examinations.
Day 5: End of module examinations – Assessed clinical scenarios