Ultrasound Physics and Technology, How, Why and When

Ultrasound Physics and Technology

How, Why and When

By Vivien Gibbs, DCR, DNM, DMU, MA, MBA, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of West of England, Bristol; David Cole, DCR, DMU, MSc, Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Ultrasound Programme Director, Division of Radiography, University of Central England, Birmingham and Antonio Sassano, BSc, MSc, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England, Bristol


1. Introduction to diagnostic ultrasound
2. Principles and physics of ultrasound imaging - simple terminology definitions
3. The piezoelectric effect
4. Acoustic impedance
5. The ultrasound beam
6. Transducers
7. Resolution
8. Ultrasound interactions and attenuation
9. Artifacts
10. Instrumentation and controls
11. Physical principles of Doppler ultrasound
12. Ultrasound safety
13. Quality assurance and performance testing
14. Mew technology and recent advances in ultrasound imaging
15. Multiple choice questions, answers to multiple choice questions