MRI, CT and PET scans take cross-sectional images of the human body. When these images are stacked on top of each other, they trace the surfaces of anatomical structures. Depending upon the modality, these structures may be bones, soft tissues, pathologies such as tumors or hematomas, or individual organs. At Laughlin Engineering Firm, LLC, we can reconstruct your client's anatomy into 3D computer models.
3D computer models may be used as demonstrative evidence. Since these images are accurate representations of your client's anatomy, your medical or biomechanical expert can use these images to relate to a jury the specifics of the injury or pathology without having to rely solely upon enigmatic 2D data from CT or MRI images. These powerful visual aids will help the jury understand what is being discussed and will help them focus on the relevant issues. Additionally, a 3D computer model may be "printed" in 3D to produce a plastic model which can be manipulated and used as a visual and tactile aid.
These models may be viewed from any angle and structures can be separated or cross-sectioned to reveal an underlying pathology. This technique allows the jury to view the structure of interest in relation to the surrounding organs or tissues. The models may be animated or placed into a presentation to optimize their explanatory value.
The use of these models goes well beyond that of a demonstrative aid, however. The software used to generate these models is equipped with powerful engineering tools for taking measurements and conditioning the models for further analytical use. At Laughlin Engineering Firm, LLC, we take advantage of this type of modeling whenever feasible and possible to enhance the defensibility of our biomechanical findings.
The use of these models is not limited to medical applications. A product can be scanned and its parts separated for individual analysis. This is a powerful tool which can be used to peer inside a product to determine wall thickness, to reveal the presence of defects, or to deconstruct a product into its individual components. Physical replicas of the product in question can be generated for additional analysis or for demonstrative purposes.
Results may vary, depending upon the quality of the original scans. Please call Laughlin Engineering Firm, LLC for a free initial consultation.