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

Interests: Ultrasound


South Africa is at a crossroad with regards to the quality of health care services. 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 benefiting from its application are enfolding.

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, 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 by MCQ’s on the theoretical component and practical assessments, both for which a minimum pass mark of 70% needs to be obtained.

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


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


R 6 200.00 (inclusive of VAT)

Limited spaces are available. To avoid disappointment, please book early.

Date Venue
22 - 23 May 2021 Gauteng
05 - 06 June 2021 Bloemfontein
14 - 15 August 2021 Polokwane
13 - 14 November 2021 Nelspruit