Introduction To Neonatal Cranial Ultrasound

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Registration Planning Production Beta testing Launch
Complete: 17/01/2022 Complete: 30/11/2022 Current Phase


Suitable for level 1 and 2 DiT and ANNPs learning to independently perform neonatal cranial ultrasound
Takes 45 minutes
Certificate for completing this course

This course is aimed at paediatric DiT and ANNPs covering the basics of point of care cranial ultrasound on a neonatal unit. You will cover ultrasound physics, device orientation, anatomical structures and common pathologies. If you want to take your learning further we’re also going to create an advanced neonatal ultrasound course with more cases and pathologies.

Course director

Jess Spaull

Consultant Paediatrician
Royal United Hospital

Rachael MacLeod

ST6 GRID Registrar in Neonatology
Southmead Hospital

Adam Smith-Collins

Consultant Neonatologist
St. Michael’s Hospital

Learning objectives

  • Introduction to cranial ultrasound scans 
    • To recognise the standard cranial ultrasound views
    • To recognise important neuroanatomy relevant to cranial ultrasound scans
    • To obtain measurements to assess ventricular dilatation
    • To understand how to obtain resistive index
  • Optimisation of Images and Teaching Cranial Ultrasound 
    • Understand the ideal image
    • Apply tilt, slide, rock and twist to optimise image quality
    • Tips on teaching others
  • Pathology
    • To recognise in cranial ultrasound images:
    • Preterm brain injury
      • Intracranial haemorrhage
      • Ventricular dilatation
      • Cystic periventricular leukomalacia
    • Anatomical variants
      • Anterior horn cysts
      • Choroid plexus cysts
      • Cavum septum pellucidum
    • Anatomical abnormalities
      • Absent cavum septum
      • Absent corpus callosum
  • CLO 3: Performs appropriate clinical assessments of a baby, child and young person (GPC 2,3)
  • CLO 10: Demonstrates the ability to plan and deliver teaching in a range of clinical and non-clinical contexts (GPC 2,8)
  • CLO 10: Shows the ability to adapt their teaching methods to the different learning needs of individual team members (GPC 2,8)


  • SLO 1 Key Capability 6: Performs advanced neonatal procedures independently, teaches safe practice and supervises others in performing the procedures (NMSLO1KC6)


  • Key Capability 1: Teaches, supervises and assesses junior staff undertaking clinical procedures (DO3 SPLO3 KC1)
  •  Key Capability 3: Where defined in the general paediatrics or sub-specialty syllabus, performs the procedures relevant to that syllabus (DO3 SPLO3 KC3)

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