Ultrasound Imaging: What Is Inside?

Understand the technology of ultrasound, see how it is used in clinical practice and learn how to improve medical imaging.

  • Duration 6 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours

Why join the course?

Ultrasound is an easy and quick technique to visualize structures inside the human body. It is a relatively harmless and accessible technique. It has been used for decades in medical practice.

With current technology developments, new possibilities in ultrasound imaging are arising that may improve diagnostics. However, ultrasound can only be correctly performed, or its clinical performance can only be improved when users have a profound knowledge of the underlying technology.

Understand ultrasound imaging from three perspectives

This free online course is based on three major perspectives:

  1. Medical perspective: In Week 1 we will examine the versatile use of ultrasound imaging for medical purposes.
  2. Technical perspective: In Weeks 2 to 4 we will explain the underlying technology of ultrasound imaging.
  3. Technical medical perspective: In Weeks 5 and 6 we will apply your newly acquired technical background knowledge of ultrasound to make better images.

After this course you will have a good understanding of the technology of ultrasound imaging, and you can apply this knowledge in examples of ultrasound use in the clinic.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsSPEAKER: Ultrasound is a quick and cheap way to make images from the interior of the human body. There is a lot of applications, ranging from monitoring pregnancies to measuring the speed of our blood. Technology for medical application is the key area of research and education at the Department of Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. Medical treatments benefit greatly if you have a good understanding of how modern medical technology truly works. Ultrasound is one of those technologies. In this course, you will learn what ultrasound imaging is. You'll get a thorough understanding of this technology, and this will allow you to make the best possible image.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 secondsThe course will present three perspectives to you, the medical perspective, the technological perspective, and technical medical perspective. First, we present examples from medical domains like radiology, obstetrics, and physiotherapy. You'll see their daily experiences with ultrasound and some of the limitations that they encounter. Next we'll cover the technical background. How can sound be used to make images, and how can a machine like this tell the difference between soft tissue and bone? We will start with very basics, beginning with what sound actually is, and what happens when it is sent into the body. And we will present topics like Doppler, artefacts, three-dimensional ultrasound, and knobology. Finally we will integrate the medical and technological perspective.

Skip to 1 minute and 45 secondsUnderstanding both medicine and technology can help you to make better images, better diagnoses, and to improve therapies. This is the philosophy of the technical medicine programme at the University of Twente. Here students are prepared for a new profession in Dutch health care, the technical physician. I invite you to join this course. I hope you will be as enthusiastic as we are about this fascinating and exciting technology that is ultrasound.

What topics will you cover?

  • Medical ultrasound
  • Ultrasound technology
  • Intensive care ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Radiology ultrasound
  • Obstetrics ultrasound
  • Vascular ultrasound

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Identify and comprehend the versatile use of clinical ultrasound imaging
  • Explain how medical images are created with ultrasound
  • Apply technical background knowledge of ultrasound to improve patient care

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at everyone interested in ultrasound imaging, its technological background, and its application in clinical practice. Medical students and professionals working with ultrasound might find this course useful as well. Participants are expected to have pre-university level in mathematics and physics.

Participants with the expected starting level will need about 3 hours per week for the course. If you have already more knowledge or experience about the technical aspects or medical use of ultrasound imaging, you may need less time to complete the course.

In this course you will investigate ultrasound imaging in-depth and explore the different possibilities from an ultrasound device. However, it is not necessary to have an ultrasound device available.

Who will you learn with?

Wiendelt Steenbergen

Wiendelt Steenbergen

Wiendelt chairs the Biomedical Photonic Imaging group at the University of Twente. He teaches biomedical optics and ultrasound. A research topic is photoacoustic imaging in oncology and rheumatology.

Jordy van Zandwijk

Jordy van Zandwijk

Technical Physician at the University of Twente. I work there as a researcher and teacher, and am part of the team developing the course on Ultrasound Imaging.

Who developed the course?

University of Twente

As a young and entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands, the University of Twente prepares young people to tackle the grand challenges the world will be facing during the coming decades.

Get a taste of this course

Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join: