Ultrasound scam prompts call for sonographers to be regulated

ABC news online has today reported:

The peak body for sonographers is calling for the industry to be regulated after an at-home ultrasound operator gave fake pictures to expectant mothers.

Rawinia Hayes was ordered to pay nearly $10,000 in fines and costs in the Bunbury Magistrates Court after she conducted ultrasounds on six pregnant women and gave them pictures that were not of their babies.

The court heard Ms Hayes bought an ultrasound machine and had been conducting the scans for over three years despite not receiving any formal training.

Some jurisdictions such as New South Wales have a code of conduct for unregistered health practitioners.