Logo Homo VitruvianumMusculoskeletal ultrasound provides highly detailed information regarding a wide range of clinically relevant structures of the musculoskeletal system. This imaging modality has the main advantage of being readily available and noninvasive and is able to aid diagnosis of a variety of pathologic conditions affecting tendons, muscles, ligaments, nerves, joints and bone.
As technology progresses, the position of ultrasound within the spectrum of imaging modalities is becoming increasingly defined, with ultrasound competing with, rather than complementing, magnetic resonance imaging in many clinical applications.

The School of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound aims to offer very advanced teaching of anatomy, ultrasound scanning techniques and review of pathologic conditions pertinent to the musculoskeletal system by means of interactive teaching.

Our courses combine advanced theoretical lecturing with personalized tutoring in practical sessions that are tailored to the needs of the attendees. It is School policy to restrict course access to small groups (15 people for the core programme and 5 people for the optional preceptorship) to optimize interaction and educational value.

The School of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound offers three separate courses covering different anatomical fields:
1) the distal upper extremity (from elbow to finger);
2) the distal lower extremity (from knee to toes);
3) the shoulder & hip.

Each course is based on a core programme and an optional preceptorship.
The core programme include lectures, live demonstrations, hands-on workshops and case studies sessions.
The preceptorship is specifically designed to offer the attendees the opportunity to work together with the teacher in the real-life context of an ultrasound session, examining together a series of patients affected by pathologic conditions in the anatomical field pertinent to the core programme.

The courses


The School of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound makes use of lectures and practical interactive sessions to develop comprehensive skills for performing confident musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations.

We offer three separate courses, structured by anatomy, each with an additional preceptorship option:

Distal Upper extremity

Core programme:
13-15 September 2016

Optional preceptorship:
16-17 September 2016

Invited guest:
Ingrid Möller, MD, PhD

Distal Lower extremity

Core programme:
15-17 November 2016

Optional preceptorship:
18-19 November 2016

Invited guest:
Nicki Delves, DCR, DMU, PgC

Shoulder & Hip

Core programme:
17-19 January 2017

Optional preceptorship:
20-21 January 2017

Invited guest:
Maribel Miguel Perez, MD, PhD



One full-day and two half-days €800

Our core programme aims to comprehensively review anatomy, scanning technique and clinical applications of musculoskeletal ultrasound specific to the chosen anatomical field. Plenary sessions with frontal lectures presented by the Course Director are supplemented by live demonstrations, case study sessions, interactive workshop and hands-on scanning conducted in small groups under the supervision of experienced tutors.

Plenary sessions are characteristically set at a highly advanced level to give comprehensive, in-depth information on the musculoskeletal area that is pertinent to the programme.

Hands-on sessions are tailored to meet the needs of beginner-level learners, as well as those at more advanced levels. Core programme courses are conducted in small groups of 15 attendees max. Registration is restricted by availability and places are filled on a first-come first-served basis.

Core Programme with
Optional Preceptorship


Two and a half additional days €1200
(includes core programme fee)

The core programmes are followed by an optional “real life” preceptorship in which attendees have the opportunity to participate in four musculoskeletal ultrasound sessions.

These sessions involve ultrasound examinations on more than 30 patients who are specifically recruited for assessment of the specific anatomical field covered in the core programme.

The Course Director and Tutors provide side-by-side tuition for attendees and work with them in an interactive environment.

Our optional preceptorships are conducted in small groups of 5 attendees. Registration is restricted by availability and places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Continuing Medical Education Accreditation


The School of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound courses has been recognized by EAACME in 2016, with 12 CME credits assigned for completion of the core program.


  • Describe normal anatomy, variants and biomechanics of musculoskeletal structures and recognize related pathology
  • Conduct advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound examinations
  • Improve examination skills under expert guidance, and taking advantage of practical training sessions


Courses are aimed at musculokeletal radiologists, rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, neurophysiologists, physiotherapists and any other specialist interested in musculoskeletal ultrasound.


English is the official language of these live educational courses.



Largo Rosanna Benzi 10
I-16132 Genova, Italy
Aula Multimediale Radiologia
Monoblocco Piano meno 1 (basement)

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Hotel Information:
Participants should arrange their travel and Hotel accommodation.
Conveniently located Hotels include the following:
– AC Hotel Genova, near the Course Venue > website
– President Genova, near Downtown > website
– Metropoli Genova, near Historical Center > website



For more information on the scientific content of the courses please contact:

Associate Professor of Radiology – DISSAL

University of Genova



Secretary Office – MSK Radiology


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The School of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound reserves the right to cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to the course failing to secure minimum required participation. You will be notified immediately via e-mail and will receive a full refund of your registration if the course is cancelled.

The School of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound will not reimburse travel expenses (including hotel, airfare, or other travel expenses) incurred by the registrant should the course be cancelled. If wish to cancel your registration on a course, you must notify the School of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound no later than 2 weeks prior to the course start to receive a 50% refund of course fees. No refunds will be given if you cancel your registration after this time.”

Course Speaker

università di Genova

professor-carlo-martinoliCarlo Martinoli received his medical degree in 1986 and became a specialist in diagnostic radiology in 1989 at the University of Genoa, Italy. He has since held positions of Staff Radiologist, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Associate Professor of Radiology at this University.

Carlo Martinoil received the national qualification degree as full Professor of Radiology in 2013. Since 1989, his practice has mainly involved ultrasound and imaging of the musculoskeletal system.

Throughout his career, Carlo Martinoli has received numerous awards from scientific societies and has published over 200 papers in international peer reviewed medical journals.

He is also author of a preeminent textbook on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. He is a prominent speaker, and has held over 800 invited lectures at international courses or congresses. Carlo Martinoli is actively involved with the European Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology and has served as Chairman for Ultrasound, and Chairman of the Educational Committee for this society, and also chaired their Annual Congress in Genoa, Italy, in 2009. He was also member-at-large of the Executive Committee (2010-2012) of the “International Skeletal Society – ISS”.

He is currently member of the Educational Committee Board of the “European Society of Radiology – ESR” for Musculoskeletal Radiology. In 2012 he founded the International Society of Peripheral Neurophysiological Imaging, a multidisciplinary society that aims to forward global education and research in peripheral nerve imaging. He is member of the Imaging Expert Working Group of the International Prophylaxis Study Group (IPSG) for Haemophilic Arthropathy.

> www.carlomartinoli.com

Course Instructors

università di Genova

Sonia Airaldi


Bianca Bignotti


Alberto Tagliafico


Federico Zaottini

Secretary & Logistic Support

università di Genova

Daniela Baroni


Alessio Carbone

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