Prior to being awarded the DDU, candidates must have completed 2 years clinical ultrasound experience experience. As a guide, you will be expected to be actively involved in clinical ultrasound practice for a minimum of 500 hours in total over two (2) years. Candidates are required to complete two(2) formative Case Studies and Supervisor Declarations (submitted at least 6 months post enrolment)and three(3) summative Case Studies (submitted at least 12 months post enrolment).
In addition candidates must complete a logbook of specified scans. The scans for each specialty are as follows:
Candidates for the DDU(General) would usually be specialists working in medical imaging, surgery, emergency medicine, nuclear medicine and paediatrics.
The following 780 scans must be completed and recorded in a logbook. The logbook is to be submitted to ASUM.
- 125 Abdominal scans
- 125 Genito-urinary tract
- 240 Pelvic:
- 120 Gynaecology
- 120 Early Pregnancy
- 240 Small Parts: (at least 30 of each of the following)
- 50 Musculo-skeletal
Candidates for the DDU(Cardiology) would usually be cardiology specialists who have a special interest and expertise in all aspects of contemporary echocardiography. It is expected that candidates would be working largely in the area of echocardiography and be able to develop in-depth knowledge and experience suitable for specialist level referral practice in echocardiography.
The following 840 scans must be completed and recorded in a logbook. The logbook is to be submitted to ASUM.
- 300 Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography (performed and reported)
- 300 additional Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography (reported)
- 100 Transoesophageal Adult Echocardiography (performed and repeated)
- 100 Stress Echocardiography (supervised and reported)
- 20 Intraoperative Echocardiography Basic Monitoring studies (performed)
- 20 Intraoperative Echocariography Advanced studies e.g. valves (performed)
Candidates for the DDU(Obstetrics and Gynaecology) would usually be specialists working in areas of women’s health and imaging where ultrasound imaging and techniques are used for screening and diagnosis in gynaecological and prenatal applications. In particular this may include obstetrician/gynaecologists who wish to specialise in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound and maternal-fetal medicine sub-specialists, geneticists and radiologists.
The following 900 scans must be completed and recorded in a logbook. The logbook is to be submitted to ASUM.
- 100 First trimester (11-14 weeks)
- 100 Second trimester
- 200 Third trimester
- Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology:
- 200 Early Pregnancy
- 300 Gynaecology
The following 600 scans must be completed and recorded in a logbook. The logbook is to be submitted to ASUM.
- 120 Abdominal Aorta
- 120 Arterial Lower Limb
- 120 Carotid
- 60 Renal Access
- 30 Renal/Mesenteric
- 30 Ultrasound Guided Procedures
- 60 Venous DVT
- 60 Venous Insufficiency
Candidates for the DDU(Critical Care) would usually be specialists working in emergency medicine, intensive care, operating rooms and/or be involved in undertaking emergency retrievals. Candidates for the DDU(Critical Care) would be expected to have a significant component of their practice involved in the use of ultrasound for the diagnosis, assessment and intervention of acute medical problems leading to timely determination of further clinical management. The DDU candidate is expected to achieve the recommended advanced level of critical care sonography as outlined in the International Expert Statement on Training Standards for Critical Care Ultrasonography: published in Intensive Care Medicine online 26 May 2011.
The following 725 scans must be completed and recorded in a logbook. The logbook is to be submitted to ASUM.
- Echocardiographs: (150 must be on haemodynamic evaluation)
- 150 Transthoracic (reported) and 300 Transthoracic (performed and reported)
- 25 Transoesophageal(performed)
- 25 Transoesophageal(observed/assisted)
- 50 Central line insertion
- 50 Evaluation of venous/arterial pathology (e.g. thrombus, dissection)
- 50 Lung scans
- 50 Abdominal rapid scans
- 25 Ultrasound guided procedures
Candidates working in emergency medicine are encouraged to be examined in the DDU(Emergency Medicine) but may choose to be examined in either the DDU(General), DDU(Critical Care) or DDU (Cardiology) if more appropriate to their scope of practice.
The following 750 scans must be completed and recorded in a logbook. The logbook is to be submitted to ASUM.
- 400 Abdominal scans (at least 200 must be full abdomen)
- 100 Gynaecologogy and Early Pregnancy:
- 50 Transvaginal scans
- 50 Early Pregnancy scans
- (NB A Transvaginal scan performed for early pregnancy indications can count towards both requirements, but there must be a total of 100 scans in this category)
- 25 Small Parts scans
- 50 Musculo-skeletal scans
- 25 Peripheral Vascular scans
- 50 Lung scans
- 50 Basic Echocardiographs
- 50 Guided Ultrasound procedures