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Short Course in General Practitioner (GP) Focused Ultrasound - Blended Learning

Interests: Ultrasound


South Africa is at a crossroad with regards to the quality of health care services provided to its own population. Ultrasound technology can play a critical role in health care provision, especially within our rural areas and has significantly assisted in terms of quality health care to patients, by reducing morbidity and mortality. Africa in general, is the continent with the greatest health care challenges who is yet to fully utilize ultrasound technology. The need for this technology is great, as the conditions requiring its application.

For the effective use of ultrasound, a sound understanding of its usefulness and its limitations is required. Our understanding and knowledge must keep pace with technology to ensure that we use and interpret ultrasound correctly.

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Who Should Enroll?

This course is appropriate to all medical practitioners such as general practitioners, gynaecologists, surgeons, physicians, emergency physicians, mid wives, sonographers and other medical specialists who are interested in the sonographic manifestations of normal and pathologic conditions of abdominal organs, pelvic organs as well as foetal scanning. Delegates should have a medical qualification and have access to an ultrasound scanner to improve upon their ultrasound skills.

Course Structure

Blended Learning Approach consisting of online teaching & Learning as well as a 2 day face to face contact tuition session.


Participants will be assessed through an online multiple questionnaire and short questions as well as practical competency assessment

Course Content

  • Basics of ultrasound: physics,
  • Knobology and ultrasound image optimization.
  • Ultrasound scanning planes

Upper Abdomen & pelvis

  • Pleural& pericardial effusions
  • Ultrasound of the Liver echogenicity (liver steatosis)
  • Ultrasound of the Gallbladder for gallstones
  • Ultrasound of the pancreas
  • Ultrasound of the aorta for aneurysmal dilatations.
  • Ultrasound of the kidneys for renal calculi and hydronephrosis.
  • Ultrasound of the spleen for splenic rupture and free fluid
  • Ultrasound of right iliac region for acute appendicitis
  • Free fluid within the female pelvis.
  • Free fluid within the male pelvis.

Muscular Skeletal ultrasound

  • Limited ultrasound of the knee for knee effusion, MCL sprain & baker cyst.
  • Limited ultrasound of the wrist for ganglion cysts.
  • Limited ultrasound of the shoulder (biceps tendon, SASD bursa, subscapularis tendon & supraspinatus tendon)

Small parts ultrasound

  • Limited ultrasound of the thyroid
  • Ultrasound of the lymph nodes within the neck
  • Limited ultrasound of the testis
  • Ultrasound of groin for an inguinal hernia
  • Limited ultrasound of the breasts


Accredited according to the HPCSA CPD Guidelines for Health Professionals -November 2006, for 30 CEUs on level 2.


To qualify for the certificate of completion, delegates have to complete and pass the online course content as well as successfully complete the hands-on assessment process.


R 5 800.00

15-16 March 2019 Gauteng
1-2 June 2019 Kwazulu Natal
12-13 October 2019 Western Cape