Patient Models

UIE is seeking models for its regular training sessions held throughout the year at different sites within New Zealand.

Patient Model Information

Clinicians receive tuition from our senior clinical staff and local specialists. Vital to this training is the ability to scan as many different people as possible to prepare for their clinical experience.
Patient models will be paid via gift vouchers, depending on the amount of time spent modelling.
Please contact us if you are interested in being a patient model in UIE’s training services.


What is involved in scanning?

Ultrasound scanning is painless with no radiation or medication involved – and model privacy is respected and maintained at all times. The ultrasound scanning is non-invasive, non-intrusive and benefits clinicians at all levels of training and expertise.

For UIE to continue to provide quality seminars, it needs real models of all backgrounds, ages, shapes and sizes – healthy models and models with pathology of all descriptions – on a regular basis

Below is some useful information about sonography and what’s involved in being a patient model for UIE. Models play a very important role in helping our clinician practitioners gain invaluable experience at scanning and performing ultrasounds.

What is Sonography?

Sonography is a diagnostic medical procedure that uses a high frequency ultrasound waves to produce images of internal body tissues. These images assist physicians in diagnosing and monitoring a wide variety of conditions such as heart disease, pregnancy, abdominal and vascular disease and musculoskeletal injuries.

What exactly should I expect when I get to UIE as a patient model?

When you arrive at UIE’s workshops, please complete the attendance sheet provided. The lecturer may demonstrate on you (or another model present) to show the clinicians how to correctly treat the patient and operate the machinery. The clinicians in training then take turns to scan. Before being scanned, a gel is spread on the body part to be scanned and the clinician will glide a probe (a stick that scans your body) across the gel surface. They may also ask you to move your body in a certain way, for example, “Please bend your knees, please hold you breath” etc.


What should I wear and where will I be scanned?

Please wear loose fitting clothes. Where you will be scanned changes depending on the seminar topic. Generally speaking, the body parts that could be scanned include the:
We will let you know prior to the scanning day where you will be scanned.

Does it hurt?

Not at all. There is no injection or pain involved with ultrasound scanning; the only slight discomfort may be the cold gel on your skin.

Is there any preparation before being scanned?

With the abdominal scan, we request you to fast for two hours before the scan so that the scanned image is clearer without the obstruction of food in your stomach.

Please contact us if you are interested in being a patient model in UIE’s training services.