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Frequently asked questions for our ultrasound courses

As mentioned in the course overview page, we are passionate about MSK ultrasound and it being used responsibly within MSK clinics. We want to provide you with the course, that you want! So we have put together a page creatively titled 'Frequently asked questions for our ultrasound courses'! We are often emailed with questions about the courses that we run, so wanted to provide a summary page of some of the more common questions we receive. This will likely grow over time.

If your question is not here then please don't hesitate to contact us via [email protected]

What are the terms and conditions for refunds and bookings?

All details for the refund policy and bookings terms and conditions can be found HERE

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Course

Do we get to use the ultrasound machines?

We know the importance of hands-on practice when scanning! So we can reply with a massive YES!  The course is designed with high student-to-lecturer ratios and large number of machines to ensure that as much time as possible is spent with the students scanning under close supervision.  We understand the subtlety of moving a probe to ensure you achieve a high quality diagnostic image.We also use crib sheets, which are signed off at the end of each body part to ensure that everybody has an opportunity to scan each of the listed areas under each body part.

Does this qualify me as a sonographer?

Surprisingly, a sonographer is not a protected title and therefore anyone can theoretically call themselves a 'sonographer'. I guess it is more a question of does this deem me competent to perform ultrasound in the setting I wish to use it in?. Well, this depends on the setting and the local governance but essentially this course is designed as an important first step for people who are considering an ultrasound qualification, or who are interested in learning ultrasound to give them an idea of how ultrasound may fit into their practice.  The course can also serve as a refresher, perhaps for certain joints.

To undertake a formal qualification which would lead you to be able to work in for example Radiology departments within the NHS you would need to progress on to complete a PG Cert qualification on a CASE accredited course. This course would place you in a strong position before starting your CASE course.

How do I know if I am scanning things correctly?

Because we have a large ratio of tutors to students, there will be tutors with each group for as much time as possible throughout the day to ensure that you are handling the probe correctly and there are lots of tips on image optimising and use of the machine technology to get the best image!  Basically, we will be peering over your shoulder! We also use a competencies based crib sheet to ensure that everybody has scanned all of the importance structures on each body part area.

Do I need to have scanned before in order to attend a course?

No.  We have many people who attend the course who have little, or no, previous scanning experience.  This course is designed to accommodate people who have no previous scanning experience and are interested in learning from scratch. However, as mentioned above, it is also a very useful learning experience for people with some scanning background as well.

How do I know that this course is of high quality? 

All the lecturers on the course have completed/training towards a PG Cert in MSK Sonography and have been using MSK Ultrasound for a substantial amount of time. They are also Extended Scope Physiotherapists with many years experience of integrating ultrasound into their practice alongside other forms of imaging such as MRI. Several teach on PG Cert MSK Ultrasound courses as guest lecturers. The lecturers are also members of executive committees of CSP Professional Networks  so are very familiar with MSK ultrasound development within Physiotherapy, and the use of Injection Therapy.

Do you provide training to whole departments?

We are able to travel and provide a customised training program for a group of clinicians in a department. For further discussion email us at [email protected]

Ultrasound guided injection course

Does this course qualify me to perform ultrasound guided injections in my workplace?

No.  In order to perform image guided injections in your workplace you must conform to local guidelines and competency requirements.  This course, however, may form part of your CPD and learning if you are looking to start performing ultrasound guided injections, or as a top-up course as part of your continuing CPD.

What are the advantages of doing this course? 

The advantages of doing this course is that all of the tutors have extensive experience of working with ultrasound and ultrasound guided injections working within a busy multidisciplinary team physiotherapy outpatient department.

As always, don't be scared! Get in touch and get yourself using ultrasound! Email us with queries at [email protected]

One comment

  1. Hi . do I need to complete introductory 2 day course prior to us guided injection course?
    Louise g

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