DMSG1405 Ultrasound Physics

Course Description

A study of the physical principles and mathematical equations required to understand diagnostic ultrasound. Course includes parameters of sound waves, pulsed and continuous wave principles, laws of reflection and refraction and the role of piezoelectricity in the production and processing of ultrasound.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • define selective terms in the production and use of ultrasound and Doppler
  • list and describe the properties of sound waves including pulse and continuous wave
  • identify and calculate the mechanisms of attenuation and impedance
  • compare and contrast ultrasound transducers and their components
  • list and describe factors affecting resolution to include reflection and refraction
  • describe the Doppler effect and interpret components of the Doppler equation
  • compare and contrast the differences between imaging modes
  • diagram and describe the role of the scan converter and all other major components of the US machine
  • demonstrate quality assurance through the use of a phantom in the lab


Please see eServices for section availability and current pre-req/test score requirements for this course.

3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other