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Introductory Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course

£564 for both days, £300 for one day

Who is this course accredited by?

This course provides 14 CPD credits (Day 1 = 7 credits, Day 2 = 7 credits) in accordance with the CPD Scheme of the Royal College of Radiologists

This course is accredited for 10 CPD points by





We suggest you consider...

  • Have experience of working with patients with musculoskeletal injuries or complaints.
  • Consider your access to a diagnostic ultrasound system for after the course if you intend to use it within your practice.
  • Are employed in a professional environment that enables you to utilise this within your practice
  • Relevant professional experience or qualifications
  • Current registration with the relevant UK professional body eg HCPC or GMC, or foreign equivalent if travelling from abroad.

What do I gain from attending this Introductory Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course?

This course does not offer a certificate of competency as there is no assessment component to the course. In isolation , this course is not a certification in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and it does not replace the need for ongoing supervised experience of considerable number of cases. The Royal College of Radiologist (RCR) guidance document on US training is a useful reference point HERE

We receive many enquiries regarding competency in ultrasound and advise you to read this article, ' How do I train in MSK Ultrasound' for further information on ultrasound use in the UK.

There is currently no generic or universally accepted competency in the use of ultrasound, nor is ultrasound currently governed by protected use of title. .

This course is accredited by:

The British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) for 14 BECA points

European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (ESSR) for 1 point Category 2 

 The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)  This course provides 14 CPD credits in accordance with the CPD Scheme of the Royal College of Radiologists

This highly practical 2-day Introductory Musculoskeletal Ultrasound course is designed by clinical contributors to, and is tailored to specifically meet the needs of health professionals looking to develop their clinical skills utilising diagnostic ultrasound. The course aims to enhance clinicians’ understanding and awareness of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and how it will change your practice. Run by three highly experienced Extended Scope Physiotherapists using musculoskeletal ultrasound in an outpatient department for the past 5 years. This course provides a fantastic learning opportunity, using numerous case study examples. Ideal for beginners or those with limited scanning experience. A comprehensive practical course focussed upon developing quality assurance. High tutor and scanner to student ratios. The course includes scanning of all peripheral joints including patient demonstrations if available and also short lectures on topics including basic physics, pathology case studies, integrating ultrasound into clinical practice, overview of clinical governance and regulation, presenting a business case for ultrasound, an introduction on ultrasound guided injections and appraising ultrasound as a diagnostic tool.

 Day 1

9.00-9.30 Basic Physics, Acknowledging artefacts, image optimisation.
Safe use of ultrasound - inc thermal/non-thermal effects
9.30-10.30Image optimisation practical, probe skills and identifying structures.
10.30 Break
10.45 -12.30Knee – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology. Structures visualised include the suprapatellar recess, extensor mechanism, following the quads from proximal to distal, patella tendon, MCL, medial meniscus, pes anserine complex. LCL, lateral meniscus, ITB insertion. Hamstrings and their insertions.
13-15 - 15.00Ankle and Foot – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working and examples of common pathologies. Structures visualised include Achilles tendon, Tibialis Posterior, Flexor Hallucis, Tibialis Anterior, Extensor digitorum,Anterior recess of the talocrural joint. lateral ankle ligaments.
15.15-16.15Hip – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology, and techniques. Structures include anterior hip recess, gluteal tendons and insertions, trochateric bursa.

Day 2

09:00 - 09:30Discussion on preparing a business case, regulation of ultrasound use and quality assurance.
9:30 - 10:15Revision of previous days techniques
10.30 – 12.30Shoulder – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology. Visualisation of Long head of biceps and the sheath, Subscapularis, Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Subacromial bursa, the posterior recess of the joint, AC joint
12.30 -13.15 Lunch
13.15 – 15.00Wrist and Hand – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology. Visualisation of the key tendinous structures of the volar aspect of the wrist, alongwith the median nerve and other neural and vascular structures. The six extensor compartment of the dorsum of the wrist. Finger anatomy and discussion of common pathology including trigger finger and OA changes.
15.15 -16.15Elbow – scanning techniques, demonstration, facilitated group working, examples of common pathology. Visualisation of triceps insertion and the posterior recess of the elbow joint, common extensor tendons, common flexor tendons and insertions. The anterio aspect of the joint including distal biceps insertion, the brachial artery and median nerve.

Central London course location: St Leonards Hospital, Nuttall Street, Shoreditch, London , N1 5LZ

Previous course testimonials

'Really informative, knowledgable tutors. Enjoyable and interesting' - Physiotherapist

' great machine to person ratio + tutor therapist ratio! short tasks and division of joints into compartments' Physiotherapist

'Easy going, excellent 2:1 ultrasound machine. Very helpful and tutors answer all questions. Glad all on memory stick to use as reference' Physiotherapist

'Excellent tutors, 3 different styles. Great mixture of theory and practical' Physiotherapist 

'Very approachable tutors, even though I have done a lot of courses I found it really helpful!'Physiotherapist

'Lots of practicals and help. Fantastic, should do an intermediate' Chiropractor

'Excellent combining practical and theory aspects simultaneously' Physiotherapist

'Splitting up protocols and practicing in manageable chunks. Informative nature. Brilliant trainers/tutors. Pictures of pathology were useful. Small group size was brilliant.' SpR Radiology

' A brilliantly organised , interactive and useful course that was very beneficial to help build upon my basic MSK ultrasound knowledge and skills. Highly recommend! ' Radiology SpR

'Each and every bit of it was great' Rheumatologist

'Having 3 tutors (1 to 5) ratio provided continuous direction and correction in groups to create proper ultrasound procedures' Chiropractor

Upcoming courses

If your attendance on the course is to be funded by your trust or you have any other queries then please contact via [email protected]



  1. Hi.
    I’m an polish Physiotherapist but not registered with HCP but I have done VTCT Sport Massage Therapy L3 and I’m membership with FHT
    Can I attend one of your upcoming basic MSK ultrasound course ?

  2. Hello,
    Please could you e-mail me any Introductory MSk ultrasound course dates from Jan 2018 onwards?

  3. Could you please email me the application forms for the 2 day introductory course in Oct 21st & 22nd.#

  4. Please can you provide dates for beyond September 2017.
    Regarding Introductory / Injection

    Nilesh – ESP PT MSK

  5. I found introductory MSK USS course both informative and enjoyable. The tutors were approachable and gave feedback, which was very helpful. Thank you for organizing it. Radiologist.

  6. Hi Mr Wildman,

    Your introduction US course on MSK looks so interesting and we believe that we can learn a lot from it and apply our knowledge to our patients. My friend and I are GP doctors working in Brunei. We wil be in the UK from Sept 20 to 28th, 2016. Is there any available intro course around that time?
    Thank you very much in advance for your reply and info.

  7. Hi.
    iam an egyptian physical therapist
    can i attend one of your upcoming basic MSK ultrasound course ?

  8. Hi, I would like to attend to the introductory msk ultrasound course in June, I wonder if this if possible or if all the posts have been already sold out.

    Thank you!

  9. Hi Stu
    I would like to attend your intro course as I haven’t been near an USS for the past two years since leaving private practice. I am living in London but I have to give a lecture in Cork on the 7th March. Could I do Day 1 in Hull and Day 2 in Shoreditch?

  10. i like to attend intro and injection guided together by some near dates(preferably with in 10 days gap). please mail some dates for next year.

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