The society was founded 1. February 1974.

Former boards of directors from 1974 can be seen here

A summary of theses and doctoral dissertations on the ultrasound until 2016 can be seen here

Overview of Hans Henrik Holm Lectures here

Historical documents scanned in occasion of DUDS 40th anniversary:
Founding general meeting-minutes here
Founding general Assembly-photos h
Request for the inclusion in the Danish Medical Society here
Danish language Board on the correct spelling of ultrasound (s) Diagnostics here

In 1984, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary released DUDS a Festschrift, extracts can be seen below:


The first attempt at the use of ultrasound in medical diagnosis was made at the end of the 40s, first and foremost, in Denver, United States. The method was taken up in the 1950s and developed within special areas on each of the other centers. Towards the end of the ‘ 60s began a commercial appliance development, which resulted in equipment that could produce such a quality scan images of bistable, that they started to get their eyes up for method’s practical applicability. In order to stimulate the further development formed enthusiasts in several places in the world national ultrasound societies, and in 1973 was held in Rotterdam the ultrasound societies first International Congress. After this Congress decided Danish users of ultrasound that the time had come to promote the development of ultrasound at home by forming a Danish society for diagnostic by the use of ultrasound.

There were held founding general assembly the 1.2.1974 with 42 participants, it was decided that the society, whose name was “Danish Ultralyddiagnostisk Selskab”, was supposed to be a scientific society open to all with an interest in medical ultrasound Diagnostics – doctors and non-doctors.

The Society was instantly connected, “Danish Medical Society”, “European Federation of Societies of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB)” and “World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB).”

In the past 10 years, the society has sought to promote the development of medical ultrasound in Denmark by a number of different activities.

The society has thus held 22 scientific meetings in connection with which there has been invited a total of 10 senior ultrasound specialists from all over the world as guest lecturers. There have also been organized yearly training course in theoretical and practical ultrasound diagnostic for interested from Scandinavia. There has gradually been so great search to courses that these have had to be duplicated.

In the society´s spirit was in 1978 held the First International Conference on Ultrasonically Guided Puncture with 125 participants, in 1980, the Second International Conference on Ultrasonically Guided Puncture with 150 participants and in 1983 the Third International Congress on Interventional Ultrasound with 187 participants.

The Society Board of Directors have over the years represented the profession and cooperated with the Danish Health Authority in particular concerning educational planning and ultrasounds place in the health service.  In addition, the Society §14 has been asked in occupations of consultants with
ultrasound as functional area.

The Society created in 1979 a Study travel fund with the aim of providing financial support to members, as by study visit abroad want to obtain knowledge and inspiration for the benefit of the development of the danish ultrasound diagnostic. The student travel fund has since paid 125,268. kr. (1984) in support for members stays by foreign ultrasound centers.

DUDS april 1984

Status and perspectives (anno 1984)

In recent years, we have been able to observe an overwhelming prevalence of the ultrasound diagnostic activity in the Danish hospital system. It is a development which is welcome after years of efforts to win the understanding of this investigative approach usability. It is however, at the same time, a development that holds considerable educational and organizational problems, but which also represent a challenge for the danish ultrasound society.

The society has over the years worked for the creation of an autonomous specialty in this field of study. It is made from an idea of thus best to disseminate and develop subject area. These efforts have so far not proved feasible. At the same time, we have found that ultrasound diagnostic has won a foothold by the majority of the country’s x-ray departments, like ultrasound diagnostic is practiced in a number of other specialties. In consequence, the society has, in cooperation with the Danish society for diagnostic radiology and the National Board of Health’s Specialist boards adopted in principle the incorporation of ultrasound diagnostic in the radiological specialist training. The work is not completed. It will be carried out without the long-term goal of the establishment of a branch specialty lost sight of.

Grading of ultrasound diagnostic in an established subjects such as diagnostic radiology is a difficult process, places great demands on innovation. The society’s effort has been to ensure a basic training of future specialists in diagnostic radiology. There is widespread understanding of the extent of the necessary theoretical and practical ultrasound education but capacity problems during a transitional period can hinder the practical implementation of the society’s intentions. However, the planned changes will mean an improvement in relation to the current situation, and the society will in the coming year contribute to the preparation of the indicative § 14-requirements and through its §14-council search advice to ensure a sufficient training of future practitioners of ultrasound diagnostic in integrated diagnostic departments. At the same time, the society’s members work for the establishment of both the training posts as permanent posts with ultrasound diagnostic  as exclusive functional area and thus provide the structural basis for the establishment of a branch specialty.

Non-medical staff groups have made a significant effort in the performance of ultrasound diagnostic in Denmark. It is with different educational background happened on the basis of a personal commitment. Also in this area, the society has launched efforts on the establishment of a formalised education. Associated with the ultrasound diagnostic departments are mainly nurses and radiology technicians. The society has found understanding with the relevant professional associations. This work has just begun and represents together with the implementation of the medical education the society’s main educational and organisational tasks in the coming decade.

The society has through participation in the subject’s scientific development and been a link in the international context. These are tasks that remain must be firm and its members on our hearts. In this context must include a continuation of the international congresses on intervention ultrasound and the   efforts to obtain host of a World Congress in 1991. A number of the society´s members have in recent years done a considerable work, and the future tasks of the call on a corresponding willingness from old and new and future members.

DUDS 1984