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Musculoskeletal (MSK)

Course highlights

  • Shoulder ultrasound
  • Elbow ultrasound
  • Wrist and hand ultrasound
  • Hip ultrasound
  • Hamstring ultrasound
  • Knee ultrasound
  • Ankle and foot ultrasound


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This five-day program is designed for all health professionals with an interest in musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound for the upper and lower limb (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, hamstring, knee, ankle and foot).

Our approach is unique. We combine sonographer and clinician approaches to MSK Ultrasound.

Highly experienced MSK sonographers cover ultrasound examination of various musculoskeletal structures, with particular emphasis on scanning protocols and “tips & hints” for obtaining high quality images. You’ll develop knowledge and skills required to perform a basic and competent, protocol driven, sonographic assessment of the joints of the MSK system.

Then, and recognising that MSK ultrasound performed at point of care is different, a skilled and experienced Musculoskeletal Physician and point of care ultrasound practitioner will demonstrate how to integrate sonographic findings into your clinical consultation using an evidence-based approach.

Practical tuition is in small group sessions, using state of the art equipment and real patient models. You’ll have plenty of hands-on scanning time, all under the direct instruction of experienced sonographers and clinicians.

Who should attend?

  • Junior House Officer
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrist
  • Radiologist
  • Rehabilitation Physician
  • Rheumatologist
  • Rural Generalist
  • Sonographer
  • Sport and Exercise Physician


The objectives of this musculoskeletal ultrasound course are:

  • Develop practical skills to recognise normal and pathological musculoskeletal sono-anatomy of the upper and lower limb.
  • Evaluation of an ultrasound image to identify normal MSK anatomy of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot which includes bone, joint, tendon, ligament, bursae and muscular recognition.
  • Develop practical skills required to perform ultrasound assessment of the upper and lower limb, including tendons, bursae, congenital and acquired musculoskeletal conditions and pathologies.
  • Identify ultrasound artefacts (particularly anisotropy) and apply optimisation techniques to help reduce ultrasound artefact.
  • Discuss safe practice, hygiene, and recognition of potential pitfalls in MSK ultrasound.
  • Develop positioning techniques for static and dynamic assessment of the upper and lower limb.
  • Recognise good sonographic windows for ultrasound scanning and MSK procedural guidance scanning techniques.
  • Interpret the clinical relevance of pathology to be able to determine patient management pathways for patients.


The prior ultrasound experience assumed for this course is highlighted below.

None/Minimal Don’t use ultrasound
Limited Use ultrasound weekly/monthly
Moderate/Experienced Use ultrasound daily/weekly



Approved for Educational Activities 40 hours.


This course is approved for 36 total activity hours. PDP units: 3 Performance Review, 33 Educational Activity. MOPS points: 3. Grant eligibility: Anaesthetics, Emergency Medicine, Obstetrics, Surgery.


CPD Approved Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 12.5 hours, Reviewing Performance 23.5 hours, specific requirements diagnostic radiology. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 394827.


31 CPD points.


Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim this this course under the Knowledge and Skills activity short format learning at 2 credits per hour.


Lectures – Category 2A, points per hour 1;
Demonstrations – Category 2B, points per hour 2;
Skills – Category 3B, points per hour 3.

Theoretical 14.5
Practical 16.75
Total 31.25

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided each day.