The Basic Training Online Program is the theoretical component of Basic Training. It is available as a program of self-study online courses in the ISUOG Academy. It provides a comprehensive introduction to essential topics on ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology, taking you through a systematic approach to the scan. On completion of the program you will have the knowledge needed to perform an unsupervised ultrasound scan, and be confident to recognise when a patient needs to be referred.

Free mini courses

Throughout this year we are offering free mini courses to members, containing selected parts of the Basic Training Online Program for you to try. Follow the link below to go to the ISUOG Academy, where you will find a free mini course, as well as the full Basic Training Online Program for purchase. Please log in with your ISUOG member details if needed.


Overview of the online program

The Basic Training Online Program is designed to support your practice through demonstrations, examples, clear step by step instructions and guides as well as text, illustrations, and lectures from leaders in the field. Delivered in 30 fully interactive online courses, offering you opportunities to check your knowledge as you learn, to provide you with the essential foundation for using ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology. 

You will be given 12 months access to the content from when you first enrol on the course. On passing the 1 hour assessment at the end of the program, you will gain the ISUOG Certificate of Completion and Achievement, along with 30 CME credits. It is perfect for anyone who wants to develop a sound foundation for your future in ultrasound for obstetrics and gynecology. 

Length of study: This course will take 30 hours of study time to complete. After purchasing this course you will have access to the content for a full 12 months from the date that you purchased it. 

Certificate: This course offers you the ISUOG Certificate of Completion and Achievement. To gain this certificate and earn CME credits you must pass the 1 hour assessment at the end of this course and complete the evaluation form. To pass the assessment you need a score of 70% or more, and you will be offered 3 attempts. After completing the evaluation form, you will gain access to your certificate which you can find in the syllabus area of the course, or under ‘My Learning’, ‘Completed’ then click the certificate icon next to any completed courses you wish to download the certificates for. This will download the ISUOG Certificate and the CME Certificate into your downloads folder as one PDF file.

Full Syllabus

Module 1: Principles of ultrasound and the first trimester

  • Physical principles of ultrasound including safety
  • Transducers knobology image production scanning planes
  • The principles of Doppler ultrasound Quality control processes for operators & programmes
  • Informed consent image recording & report writing
  • Assessing normal and abnormal findings between 4-10 weeks in singleton & twin pregnancies
  • Assessing the normal pregnancy between 10-14 weeks

Module 2: Introduction to the mid trimester scan - dating, assessment of amniotic fluid, placenta and cervix, fetal growth and Doppler
  • Cervical assessment
  • The 6-step approach
  • Fetal biometry – dating, assessing size & estimating fetal weight
  • Assessing the placenta & amniotic fluid
  • Distinguishing between normal & abnormal fetal size and growth
  • Umbilical and uterine artery Doppler studies
  • The 20 + 2 Planes Approach to the routine mid trimester scan
  • Distinguishing between normal and abnormal appearances of the fetal anatomy

Module 3: Assessing fetal anatomy in the mid trimester using the 20 + 2 planes approach
  • Evaluating fetal anatomy from longitudinal sections
  • Distinguishing between normal & abnormal appearances of the skull & brain
  • Assessing the neck and chest
  • Obtaining & interpreting heart views
  • Examining the abdomen and anterior abdominal walls
  • Distinguishing between normal & abnormal appearances of the urinary tract
  • Distinguishing between normal & abnormal appearances of the long bones & extremities
  • Examining the upper lip face & profile correctly
  • Making a decision normal or not

Module 4: Gynecological ultrasound
  • The basics of a gynecological ultrasound
  • Examining the uterus - cervix & endometrium
  • Examining the uterus – myometrium
  • Examining the ovaries & adnexae
  • Typical ultrasound appearances of the most common pathologies of the adnexae
  • Writing the gynecological ultrasound report

Accreditation and CME credits

CME credits
The European Accreditation Council (EACCME) accredits this online course for Continuing Medical Education (CME). 30 European CME credits (ECMEC®) will be awarded on successful completion of this course. Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA), physicians may convert EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

CME Subcommittee
The CME Subcommittee oversees the CME requirements for our CME accredited courses.

Conflict of Interest
No commercial support has been accepted related to the development or publication of this course. This course underwent peer review in line with the standards of editorial integrity and publication ethics maintained by the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology (ISUOG). Conflicts of interest have been identified and resolved in accordance with EACCME guidelines.


Price for ISUOG members 

ISUOG member   £330   
ISUOG member - with trainee/sonographer discount      £240
ISUOG member in mid-resource setting   £100
ISUOG member in low-resource setting   £5

Price for non-members 

Non-member price   £360   
Non-member - with trainee/sonographer discount      £260
Non-member in mid-resource setting   £115
Non-member in low-resource setting   £10

NOTE: The non-member purchase does not give you ISUOG membership.

ISUOG's mission is to disseminate the highest quality education to the broadest audience. To support this aim, we have ensured that attendees from low-resource settings have the lowest registration fees. ISUOG's low-resource list can be viewed here, no other discounts can be used in conjunction with subsidised rates.

You can find our full terms and conditions and refund policy here.

Technical Requirements

You can study on your phone, tablet or laptop. To participate and access this activity you will need a good internet connection and an up to date browser:

  • MS Internet Explorer 11 (Not including compatibility modes)
  • MS Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox version 60 Extended Support Release (ESR)
  • Google Chrome 73
  • Safari 10 auf OS X
  • Mobile Browser Android >4 and iOS > 9
  • Current versions of Adobe Reader plugin


Basic Training Subcommittee and Contributers

The ISUOG Basic Training program was developed by, and is maintained by the Basic Training Subcommittee. A list of all the volunteers who have offered their time and commitment to developing the Basic Training syllabus over the years is found in the introduction to this online course, and also on our website

For members and non-members

You must be an ISUOG member to get a discounted price and additional resources; or simply subscribe to our newsletter to access the Basic Training Online Program at the non-member price.

Enrol now

Find the Basic Training Online Program in the ISUOG Academy, with free mini courses and other resources. Watch the educational video below which introduces you to the 6-steps approach, as a taster for the online training, then enrol on the full course for more.


The Basic Steps for an Obstetric Ultrasound Examination