RDGY41000 Early Pregnancy Ultrasound

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module offers participants the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the management of early pregnancy. It aims to equip participants with a level of competence in ultrasound scanning that will enable them to understand the indications for ultrasound examinations, perform scans safely and competently, report on scan findings in the clinical context and know when to refer patients for a more detailed assessment. Technology of ultrasound is incorporated into this clinical module and topics covered will ensure the student is competent in selecting appropriate equipment parameters to optimise image acquisition and record optimal representative images. This module is designed to provide both theoretical and practical training, with a significant emphasis on clinical experience. Students registered for this module are offered the opportunity to study the following aspects of early pregnancy ultrasound: the fundamental principles of ultrasound examinations in the management of early pregnancy; ultrasound diagnosis of normal early pregnancy; ultrasound diagnosis of early embyronic demise; ultrasound diagnosis of a suspected ectopic pregnancy. Completion of this module awards the student the professional certificate in early pregnancy ultrasound. In order to undertake this module participants must be actively scanning in an obstetric ultrasound department and have a named clinical supervisor. This involves arranging a clinical placement and providing evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 80 hours practicing clinical early pregnancy ultrasound while undertaking this module.

Attendance at the study day and engagement with all on-line lectures and other on-line material, e.g submission of E Portfolio is compulsory

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: demonstrate high level clinical skills in the performance of early pregnancy ultrasound; apply current theories of ultrasound, basic sciences and communication to their clinical reasoning; justify the contribution of ultrasound to the overall management of the patient; self evaluate their performance in the clinical environment; discuss the social and ethical implications of early pregnancy ultrasound; communicate written information in an effective manner; demonstrate good IT skills

Indicative Module Content:

The fundamental principles of ultrasound examinations in the management of early pregnancy;
ultrasound diagnosis of normal early pregnancy;
ultrasound diagnosis of early embyronic demise;
ultrasound diagnosis of a suspected ectopic pregnancy
ultrasound diagnosis of gestational trophoblastic disease

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Placement/Work Experience




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning;
reflective learning;
clinical practice

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Students must provide written evidence of an agreement with an obstetric ultrasound department to provide clinical ultrasound experience and supervision throughout this module. This agreement must be signed by the named clinical assessor

Applicants should be obstetric and gynaecological trainees at Senior House Officer, Registrar or SPR level, consultants specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, with approval to practice in Ireland; midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or the UKCC, who provide antenatal care; or Radiographers with the approval to practice Radiography in Ireland or Northern Ireland, who currently practice ultrasound.

Other professionals are considered on individual merit (eg general nurses or general practitioners), but must be actively scanning in order to undertake modules in the Graduate Certificate Programme.

Learning Recommendations:

It is recommended that trainees spend as much time as possible performing clinical ultrasound examinations while undertaking ultrasound modules. Trainees will maximise their potential to develop high level clinical and academic skills in ultrasound by exceeding the minimum clinical hours stated for each module. Applicants should be computer literate and have continuous internet access for the duration of this programme

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Cased Based Discussion x 6 Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Portfolio: Record of Clinical Practice
As the minimal clinical requirement for this module is 80 clinical practice hours, and the module will be Incomplete if this is not achieved
Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Practical Examination: Direct Observation of Procedural Skills x 6 Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Direct Observation Observational Skills 1-6: Written (and verbal on request) Case Based Discussions: Written (and verbal) on request Record of Clinical Practice; Written (and verbal on request)

Name Role
Ms Ann Fleming Lecturer / Co-Lecturer