University of Wisconsin Madison
Diagnostic Ultrasound Physics (B M E 575) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    apply knowledge of ultrasound physics to solve problems at the interface of engineering and medicine
  • 2
    analyze measurements and interpret experimental ultrasound data form tissue mimicking materials
  • 3
    identify artifacts on ultrasound images and their utility in diagnosis and image analysis
  • 4
    understanding of the technical and scientific details of modern medical ultrasound devices and their use in diagnosis.
  • 5
    understanding of ultrasound wave propagation, scattering and biological effects of ultrasound.
  • 6
    understand hardware and software components of an ultrasound scanner
Diagnostic Ultrasound Physics
B M E 575 ( 3 Credits )
Propagation of ultrasonic waves in biological tissues; principles of ultrasonic measuring and imaging instrumentation; design and use of currently available tools for performance evaluation of diagnostic instrumentation; biological effects of ultrasound.
Modern physics, calculus & Fourier analysis or cons inst
College: College of Engineering
Instructor Name
Instructor Campus Address
Contact Hours
Course Coordinator
Text book, title, author, and year
No official textbook. Lecture notes are provided to the student.
Supplemental Materials

Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging: Inside Out (Biomedical Engineering). Szabo,  Thomas., Burlington: Elsevier Academic Press, 2004.

Foundations of Biomedical Ultrasound. Cobbold, Richard S.C., New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective 
ABET Program Outcomes Associated with this Course
Program Specific Student Outcomes
(2) Ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics (including differential equations and statistics), sciences, and engineering to solve problems at the interface of engineering and biology and to model biological systems
(3) Ability to design and conduct experiments, including making measurements and interpreting experimental data from living systems and addressing the problems associated with the interaction between living systems and non-living materials and systems
Brief List of Topics to be Covered

Topics covered include:

  1. Clinical Ultrasound Systems
  2. Acoustic Plane Waves
  3. Reflections and Transmission of Waves at Interfaces
  4. Acoustic Properties of Tissue
  5. Ultrasound Transducers
  6. Pulse-Echo Instrumentation
  7. Ultrasound Scattering in Tissue
  8. Doppler Ultrasound
  9. Color Flow Imaging
  10. Artifacts on Ultrasound Images
  11. Acoustic Output Measurements
  12. Therapeutic ultrasound.
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