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An Introduction to Abdominal Wall and Groin Ultrasound City Health

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

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.

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    Really practical, useful session that will benefit the quality of my practice.

    Sonographer,Globe Locums

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    I found the abdominal wall and groin ultrasound course very informative with clear diagrams and very useful clips. Excellent well presented content relevant to everyday practice.

    Former delegate

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

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



Prerequisite knowledge

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.



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

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: