Ultrasound of the Upper Limb

Beginner – Intermediate

Pavillions Hotel, 42 Papanui Rd, Christchurch

18 – 20 May 2023

Course Aims

Using an intensive, friendly and practical learning environment, you will:

  • Develop knowledge and skills required to perform a basic and competent, protocol driven, sonographic assessment of the joints of the upper limb;
  • Be able to integrate sonographic findings into your clinical consultation using an evidence based approach;
  • Develop an understanding of the principles of US guided MSK injections, and be familiar with commonly performed US guided injection techniques;
  • Network with tutors and peers, and enhance learning through informal discussion.

Who is this course for?

This two day program is designed for any health professional with an interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound.


A basic understanding of the principles of MSK sonography and scanning technique is assumed. For those students new to sonography, a pre-course Zoom session covering some basics is provided, and included as part of the course fee.

It is assumed the student will have a good understanding of normal and abnormal anatomy, and of common pathological conditions affecting the MSK system.

Course Content

  • US assessment of the normal shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand
  • US assessment of selected, commonly seen pathology in the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand
  • Interpretation of sonographic findings, including validity of US in diagnosis of certain conditions affecting the UL
  • Pathology relevant to sonography in commonly seen conditions affecting the UL
  • Common US guided UL injections

What we don’t cover

The focus of the course is sonographic assessment of the upper limb.  While we will discuss different types of injections and injection techniques, this is not the focus of the course (our US Guided MSK Injection course covers this in detail). There will be plenty of opportunity for informal discussion during the course.

We do not cover certain more advanced areas of MSK sonography that are unlikely to be encountered regularly in day-to-day clinical practise.

Covid-19 Vaccination

It is a requirement that all course attendees are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This includes registrants, tutors and scanning models. Proof of vaccination is required for attendance.