Introduction to Ultrasound for Surgeons


Cost: $2475 inc GST

Programs & Courses

Program Description


This three-day program has been designed for surgeons, surgical trainees & procedural physicians who aim to incorporate point of care ultrasound techniques into their clinical practice. There is an emphasis on the practical aspects of covered topics with comprehensive "hands-on" tuition, led by experienced team of expert sonographers. Low student/tutor ratios ensure comprehensive practical tuition in a personalised fashion. For practitioners who aim to be accredited by the Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medical Practice (ASUM), this workshop covers the following Certificate of Clinical Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) units: physics, E-FAST, biliary, hydronephrosis & caculi and vascular access.


Program Content


  1. Physical principles of ultrasound and ultrasound machine optimization
    1. Practical physics of ultrasound
    2. Artifacts
    3. Basic knobology
    4. Necessary equipment criteria
    5. Probe manipulation techniques
  2. Abdominal ultrasound scanning techniques
    1. Extended Focused Assessment With Sonography for Trauma (EFAST) including Pneumothorax
    2. Renal tract ultrasound
    3. Biliary tract  ultrasound
  3. Ultrasound needle guidance techniques


Course Outcomes

  1. Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis
  2. Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound
  3. Practice "hands on" ultrasound scanning skills required to maximise diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions
  4. Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions
  5. Perform E-FAST, AAA, biliary & renal tract, and guided vascular access ultrasounds


  6. Document the ultrasound findings
  7. Incorporate the ultrasound skills with the clinical situation to make appropriate management decisions
  8. Recognize the limitations of ultrasound
  9. Recognize when to on-refer patient for formal scanning.






Accredited units included in the course

Approved by ACRRM and RACGP for the Rural Procedural Grants Program

Procedural Grant: Eligible for 2 days Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.

Procedural GPs can receive $2000 per day, for up to 10 days of training per financial year, and GPs providing hospital based emergency services can receive up to three days of eligible training per financial year. 

ACRRM - 30 PRPD; 30 MOPS points Radiology; 30 MOPS points Surgery



RACGP QI&CPD Activity-Category 1-40.pdf

RACGP QI&CPD Activity-Category 1-40.pdf

Course Feedback

  • 'More general surgeons should do this course'
  • 'Excellent educators, well put together course'
  • 'Excellent course! Good general overview of theory behind ultrasound & excellent practical tuition'

Upcoming dates for this course:

Introduction to Ultrasound for Surgeons

26 Mar - 28 Mar
2018 - SUFTT13-18 $2,475.00
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