Introductory Sonography (MRTY3115)


This unit of study provides an introduction to the physical principles of ultrasound image formation, the clinical applications and the role of diagnostic ultrasound examinations in the context of medical imaging, with a focus on sonography of the abdomen, obstetrics and gynaecology, the musculoskeletal system and the cardiovascular system.

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Further unit of study information


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x2-hr practical/tutorial/fortnight


30min in-class test (15%), 45min mid semester class test (20%), 2hr end semester exam (65%)


No set textbook. Useful references are:
Hagen-Ansert SL, Textbook of Diagnostic Ultrasonography, Mosby Elsevier, St Louis (2006)

Gill, R. (2012). The physics and technology of diagnostic ultrasound: a practitioner's guide. Sydney: High Frequency Publishing. Also available as an eBook, see

Rumack, C. M., Wilson, S. R., & Charboneau, J. W. (2011). Diagnostic ultrasound (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier/Mosby.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

BIOS1155 and BIOS1158

Additional Information

This unit of study assumes the student to be familiar with cross-sectional anatomy images

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.