History of the MSS

Co-founders – Rachelle Karol, Linda O’Donnell, Liz Lawrence

Three Sonographers working in Metro-Detroit attended the 1975 ASUTS (Now known at SDMS) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This was the first national sonographers meeting for Linda O’Donnell, Rachelle Karol, and Liz Lawrence.  These three individuals were inspired to organize a state-wide professional society, so other sonographers in Michigan could have access to high quality continuing education close to home.  The first Michigan Sonographers’ Society meeting was held at Hutzel Hospital in December 1975 with approximately twenty attendees.

A steering committee guided the MSS during the first year while the Constitution and Bylaws were written and organizational policy was established.  The First Spring Symposium was held at Oakwood Hospital in March 1976.  The first officers were elected in the fall of 1977.  Long before the ARDMS required CME, the MSS offered “MSS credits” so members could document to employers their dedication to the field.

First Meeting Attendees

Since the first symposium in 1976 the MSS has hosted distinguished speakers from all over the country and internationally. We are recognized for the quality of our meetings and the supportive participation by our membership. Forty years later, we communicate by email with over 600 sonographers in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana as well as our Canadian Neighbors. Our Society continues to be a progressive and dynamic organization with an active membership of 200-300 professionals at any given time.