An Introduction to Abdominal Wall and Groin Ultrasound  CPD

Course Information

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31 May 2018 18:00-20:00 2 hours £50.00 CS6075 Apply Now

Course Content

The deadline for bookings is Friday 25 May 2018.

This introductory session will cover anatomy, normal ultrasound appearances, mesh repair appearances and common pathology seen in the adult groin and abdominal wall.  Causes and symptoms for hernia will be discussed.  Good technique and potential pitfalls will be described. Phrases for report writing and management of findings will be suggested.

Tutor Info

Hazel is an experienced senior sonographer and guest lecturer. She has been a senior lecturer for the University of Hertfordshire and a consultant sonographer at the Norwich Radiology Academy. Currently she works for East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and continues to teach regularly at several academic institutions.

Hazel has published many ultrasound-related articles in peer-reviewed journals and is a reviewer for Radiography. She was deputy editor and then editor of the scientific journal Ultrasound for a total of six years, and editor of Imaging & Oncology, a publication by the College of Radiographersfor eight years.

She is involved in the clinical and academic training and assessing of ultrasound practitioners from a variety of professional backgrounds. She regularly presents at national and international conferences.


Sonographers wanting to learn more about scanning and reporting hernias and superficial abdominal lumps and bumps.

English Requirements

English language at a level eligible to work in the UK.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will:

  1. Have a knowledge of the correct ultrasound machine settings and transducers required for this area of practice
  2. Understand the purpose of and the need for the examination
  3. Know the anatomy of the inguinal region and ventral wall
  4. Recognise  the appearances of epigastric, paraumbilical, Spigelian, inguinal and femoral hernias
  5. Recognise hernia-mimicking pathology such as enlarged lymph nodes, lipomas and desmoid tumours
  6. Recognise mesh repairs and have a knowledge of common complications associated with this surgery
  7. Have the basic skills to produce a report describing appearances and offering an interpretation, and follow-up/management where appropriate

Teaching and Assessment

This is a lecture based event, where you will be provided with information and shown images / videos. There will be time for questions during the session.

This is an attendance based event.

If you meet the entry requirements for the postgraduate programme and wanted to gain 15 M-level credits, you could undertake a work based or student negotiated distance learning module and develop your experience and skills further.

Recommended Reading

Chiu, K. Antoniades, G. Parker, P. Razack, A. and Taylor, D. (2017) Ultrasound of the groin: A pictorial review. Ultrasound, 21 (2), pp. 74-81.

Edwards, H. Smith, J. and Weston, M. (2014) “What makes a good ultrasound report?” Ultrasound, 22 (1), pp. 57 – 60

Jacobson, J. Khoury, V. and Brandon, C. (2015) Ultrasound of the groin: techniques, pathology and pitfalls. American Journal of Radiology, 205, pp. 513 – 523. Available at:

Lee, R. Cho, C. Tong, C. Ng, A. Liu, E. Griffith, J. (2013) Ultrasound of the abdominal wall and groin. Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal, 64 (4), pp. 295 – 305. Available at

Society and College of Radiographers and British Medical Ultrasound Society (2016) Guidelines for Professional Ultrasound Practice. Available at:

Leads To...

A certificate of attendance.

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