Ultrasound is a medical imaging modality that uses high-frequency sound waves to diagnose disease and foetal abnormalities.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Ultrasound) graduate Emma Tansey

Subject overview

Ultrasound is a people-orientated discipline and integrates aspects of health sciences and imaging technology. Sonographers are health professionals who utilise their knowledge of human anatomy, pathophysiology, technology and physics in order to obtain diagnostic images which assist in the diagnosis of disease and foetal abnormalities.

Ultrasound is a patient-centred profession. The role involves acting as an advocate for patients, displaying a high level of professionalism and functioning as part of a multidisciplinary team. Sonographers are required to perform high-quality diagnostic imaging procedures and ensure holistic patient care.

The role of the sonographer is ever-changing with the introduction of more complex technologies, increasing demand on clinical imaging services and ongoing educational opportunities.

The University of Auckland offers the only ultrasound qualification in New Zealand that can lead to professional registration. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Ultrasound) will be eligible for registration with the regulatory body, the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB), in the Ultrasound scope of practice.

Where can Ultrasound Imaging take you?

Sonographers are employed in hospitals, universities and private clinics, contributing to the delivery of excellent clinical health services by applying their specialised knowledge and expertise within medical imaging. They may also run their own business.

Sonography is a highly sought after career, with New Zealand-trained sonographers in demand around the world.

If you work in a related field and are unsure of whether you would fit the criteria for this specialisation, please contact Student Hubs.

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