What you will learn

Course description: 

The Visual Ultrasound Physics Registry Review course is a comprehensive, two-day lecture-based ultrasound physics review course. Attendees will review and discuss many images, illustrations, and videos explaining ultrasound physical principles that have traditionally appeared on previous registry exams. There will be ample opportunity for instructor and student interaction. A basic calculator is supplied so everyone can practice solving basic math problems.

This course is designed for all sonographers regardless of specialty or the registry exam being taken. Topics include basic math, introduction to ultrasound pulses, how ultrasound interacts with matter, pulsed wave instruments, transducers, Doppler, artifacts, quality assurance, and bioeffects. To further assist you, a section of the course workbook includes 100 physics questions and the correct answers along with detailed explanations.

Prerequisite skills: This is a registry review course designed to help those who plan to take the physics portion of the ARDMS or the CCI examination. While there are no prerequisites, this course is not a substitute for having attended a college-level physics course.



Course objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this program, you should be able to:

  • Review basic equations, perform unit conversions, and express numbers in scientific notation
  • Discuss what sound is as well as list and explain ultrasound wave parameters
  • Discuss, contrast and compare pulsed and continuous wave ultrasound
  • Explain the various ways ultrasound interacts with various media
  • Describe how pulsed wave imaging instruments operate and list their main components
  • Describe how piezoelectricity is produced
  • Discuss what a transducer is, list the various transducers, and describe how they are constructed
  • Describe the various types of flow and the variables that affect them
  • Describe the Doppler effect; explain the Doppler equation and how its component parts are interrelated
  • List the various types of Doppler applications
  • Describe how color, pulsed, and continuous wave Doppler are created
  • State the benefits and disadvantages of all Doppler instruments
  • Discuss what an artifact is, list the various types of artifacts, and recognize them on an ultrasound image
  • Discuss what bioeffects are and which mechanisms could induce tissue damage
  • Discuss quality control and describe the various instruments used to test imaging systems


Course details

Course Code: 


Delivery method: 

  • Instructor-led


  • English


2 Days

Course instructor(s) : 

Philips Instructor

Course disclaimer: 

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