We have often alluded to use by various groups of surgeons of 3D printing technology to diagnose medical issues and perform surgeries. We do this to reiterate that if it is good enough for surgeon to plan a surgery, then the 3D representation of the injury should be accurate enough for a courtroom. Certainly, these 3D printed models or evidence of injuries are fair and accurate representations of the injuries to be presented.
Dr. Nicola Bizzoto, an Orthopedic and Trauma surgeon based at the University of Verona, in Italy, has used 3D printing as means to plan surgeries. Bizzotto began using this method about a year ago. Bizzotto is also using this technology to actually relay the injuries and surgery procedure to actual patients. Surgeons have documented that this technology has decreased procedure of surgical intervention time by some 30% in some instances. Dr. Nicola Bizzoto has been at the forefront of this technique and has found great success by its use.
At 3dprintedproof we believe that 3d printed evidence or representation of injuries simplify complex medical lingo and anatomy for courtroom use. In many instances litigators choose not to use medical exhibits and rely on expert testimony only. However, testimony alone leaves juries in the world of abstraction. To reduce this abstraction and concretize the severity or even the lack of severity of injury (depending on where you stand) some sort of exhibit is needed. Regular two-dimensional exhibits like stills of MRI’s and X-rays can be confusing to a jury and not efficient in relaying this injury in question. A 3D printed exhibit of an injury can make complex medical issued understandable to a jury.