Postgraduate course in musculoskeletal ultrasound, Modul 1.

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The aims of the course are to train health professionals to use and understand ultrasonography in a primary health care setting. Develop competent practical skills in the use of ultrasound for identifying accurate upper limb and lower limb human adult anatomy, and for specific interpretation and reporting of the normal state.


  • Provide the student with a current, scientific evidence based approach to understanding the physics and instrumentation of ultrasound.
  • Normal anatomy of the upper and lower limb musculoskeletal anatomy.
  • Correct use of the ultrasound apparatus and to understand scans in two and three dimensional views.
  • Introduction to of accepted algorithms for demonstrating musculoskeletal anatomy.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course unit, students should be able to:


  • To critically reflect on current literature and principles of ultrasonography to assist in interpreting theoretical musculoskeletal pathology.
  • To demonstrate a detailed anatomical knowledge of the normal human upper and lower extremities to assist in interpretation of ultrasound imaging.


  • To create hypotheses from normal ultrasound images from a musculoskeletal perspective of the upper and lower extremity of healthy adults.

    • To generate high quality ultrasound imaging of normal upper and lower extremity healthy adults as a resource for theorising clinical intervention and diagnosis of musculoskeletal pathology.

General competency

    • To reflect on observations of the normal in order to assist in formulating hypotheses for clinical intervention and diagnosis.

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Kalfarveien 31
Required Previous Knowledge
Manualt therapists, medical doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists
Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods:

This module consists of 2 blocks of 2 and 3 days of tutorials, seminar, lectures and practise. Practical demonstrations with ultrasound technology on live models. Scanning algorithms will be demonstrated.

Learning and teaching time:

  1. Student/tutor contact time: 35 hours
  2. Student learning time: 265 hours
  3. Total hours: 300 hours
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory attendance

Oral presentation of literature analysis

Forms of Assessment
Practical Examination: 90 minutes
Grading Scale
Pass / Fail
Reading List
Reading list will be available in Leganto