Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are SMUG courses endorsed by The College of Radiographers?
Endorsment for our Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging in Sports Medicine course is currently being processed.

How does the SMUG introduction course differ from other courses?
It is an intensive, highly practical, hands-on and highly interactive course with a high tutor participant ratio of at least 1:6. It is designed for sports medicine practitioners and provides a good grounding in tissue recognition and scanning skills as well as giving participants a clear idea of the skill level required and the time it takes to be competent and confident.

Do I get a qualification/certificate at the end of the Introduction course?
You will receive a certificate for the allocated CPD hours for the course, not a certificate of competence.

How do I continue to develop my skills after the Introduction course?
For MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound the only accredited pathways are via the Royal College of Radiologists and a PG Cert in MSK Sonography (such as at Canterbury University); it takes approximately 18 months and you have to do a clinic with a radiologist/sonographer once a week.

I only want to know how to scan a particular area (shoulder, muscle, ankle). Is the introduction course for me?
Yes, any scanning requires the skill to optimise the image using the machine settings and the correct manual skill to assess the tissues of interest as well as the knowledge of how to avoid pitfalls.

I am already injecting and only want to know how to do it under guidance. Is the introduction course necessary?
Yes, to identify the correct target area you need the manual skill to visualise the needle and the procedure correctly as well as to follow up after injections.

My company is looking at purchasing a machine. Any suggestions or things to look for?
Many portable machines are very good quality. Look for multi-frequency probes (5-12 MHz or higher), sensitive Power and colour Doppler and most important of course good, clear images. GE, Siemens, SonoSite, Samsung, Mindray to mention a few manufacturers. Ask the representative to demonstrate a model in your clinic and compare!

Will I be able to scan my patients after the introduction course?
The course gives you the practical skills, but it takes a lot more training to get familiar with the spectrum of normal anatomy appearance, trauma, pathology and clinical interpretation, before ultrasound can be combined with your clinical examination.
Practise your skills on patients with their consent, do not use it immediately as a clinical skill.

What is your cancellation policy?
Less than 28 days’ notice = No refund
29 to 56 days’ notice = 50% refund
Over 57 days’ notice = Full refund, less a £25.00 admin charge.

What are the prerequisites for the Introduction course?
Participants should have good anatomical knowledge (especially cross-sectional) and clinical experience.

What are the prerequisites for the Advanced course?
Participants have ideally attended an introductory (Level 1) course, are expected to have regular access to an ultrasound scanner, are using ultrasound scanning as part of their daily practice, have completed at least 10 documented scans and are competent at identifying the normal appearance of most commonly assessed structures in MSK ultrasound.

Do SMUG run courses specific to emergency medicine to identify DVT etc?
No, our courses are purely sports medicine orientated and as such do not cover DVT screening or application in an A&E department.