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MEIM410 Imaging Technology - Ultrasound

Ultrasound technology, including production and sensors, Doppler principles and artefacts, sampling theory, signal processing, image display, 3D and 4D, and evolving techniques.

Please note that the PGDipMI will not be offered in 2019.

Paper title Imaging Technology - Ultrasound
Paper code MEIM410
Subject Medical Imaging
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,400.75
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,934.75

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Limited to
Lilmited to: PGCertMI, PGDipMI
Includes a compulsory five-day on-campus block course in Christchurch
Applicants must have an appropriate undergraduate qualification (ie Bachelor of Medical Imaging) or a comparable health sciences undergraduate qualification requiring at least three years of full-time tertiary study (eg Bachelor of Radiation Therapy).
Teaching staff
Convenor: Dr Alex McHaffie
Lecturer: Dr Aamir Raja
Paper Structure
This paper is organised as a lecture, discussion and reading programme covering 8 modules:
  • Ultrasound physics and interaction with tissues
  • Ultrasound transducers
  • Scanning modes, including time gain compensation (TGC) and image formation
  • Doppler effect
  • Artefacts
  • Safety and contrast agents
  • Quality assurance
  • Future directions
Teaching Arrangements
One compulsory 5-day on-campus block course in Christchurch, plus online tutorials and email contact
  • The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging by Bushberg, Seibert, Leidholdt and Boone (Third Edition)
  • Necas, M. Artifacts in diagnostic medical ultrasound: Volume 1 grayscale artifacts. 2012. ISBN 9780473215651
  • Kremkau, FW. Sonography: Principles and instruments. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier Health Sciences; 2011. ISBN-13: 9781437709803
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:
  1. Communicate a broad and critical conceptual understanding of ultrasound production, propagation and tissue interactions and the focusing and steering of ultrasound waves
  2. Critique and understand the reasons for different ultrasound instrumentation
  3. Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of A-mode, B-mode and M-mode scanning
  4. Analyse the underlying physical principles of the Doppler effect and Doppler modes used in diagnostic ultrasound to image vascular flow, including spectral, colour and power modes
  5. Critically discuss image quality in relation to the recognition of artefacts and instrument calibration
  6. Evaluate the potential for advances in harmonic imaging, the uses of ultrasound contrast agents and future trends for diagnostic ultrasound
  7. Analyse safety issues in medical ultrasound, such as bio-effects and potential biohazards
  8. Illustrate enhanced ability to communicate information, arguments and analyses effectively - orally and in writing - to a range of health care professionals
  9. Demonstrate an enhanced capacity for self-directed activity and working independently
  10. Have a commitment to ongoing acquisition of new knowledge and new skills

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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system