Would you go for an ultrasound if it was offered to you by a man in a hotel room?
Some in the Lower Mainland did, and after complaints, a BC Supreme Court has granted a permanent injunction against an American medical imaging company and one of its workers.
Lawyer Graeme Keirstead for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. says Randy Spielvogel of Mobile Life Imaging in North Dakota offered services in hotel rooms and community centres in Abbotsford and Chilliwack.
“He would go from one location to another and set up for brief periods of time, see people, and then move on.”
“Briefly screening people for potentially life threatening diseases and then having people who are not accredited in B.C. to make those determinations and get those people their results.”
Keirstead says Spielvogel was not licensed to practice in the province.
“We became aware of them through public complaints in Januray 2016 but I’m aware he’s been operating four years prior to that.”
The college later learned he had scheduled appointments in Maple Ridge, Langley, and Delta.
Keirstead says Spielvogel was charging patients around $200, but not providing clients with the services he’d promised.
“They would get screening for stroke, or artery screening in the $229 dollar range but he was saying it was going to be interpreted by someone accredited to do so, and that was simply demonstrated to not be true.”
The college says it doesn’t know how many people scheduled appointments with Spielvogel.
CKNW reached out to Spielvogel and Mobile Life Imaging, but have yet to hear back.