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3D imagery for courtrooms could help victims of violent crime win justice

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The technology will allow a more accurate visualisation into how some injuries have occurred

A project which will produce 3D visual reconstructions of victims’ injuries could change the criminal justice system, according to a former emergency doctor.

Dr Lucy Gründlingh said the project would streamline medical evidence and in turn and would be a game changer for victims of violent crime.

SFR Medical, which provides medical evidence reports to UK police forces, is developing a scalable solution to provide 3D reconstructions of injuries to enhance its existing evidence reporting service.

Based on computerised tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans of the victim, reports containing the 3D visual reconstruction images will help the counts understand the impact and extent of the injuries inflicted on victims of violent crime.

As the 3D visual reconstruction images will be based on a victim’s own CT and MRI scans, they will illustrate how close the wound trajectory was to a particular victim’s spinal cord, vital organs or important blood vessels.

Dr Lucy Gründlingh

The developers hope the images will explain the gravitas of the actual injury sustained in a way that is not possible using the current generic body map technique.

The project could see a reduction in courts costs associated with expert opinions and reduce delays in examining medical evidence of how injuries were caused.

Dr Lucy Gründlingh, co-founder and chief officer of SFR Medical, was a former emergency who saw at first-hand some of the delays around court evidence.

She said: “Having worked for several years as an emergency medicine doctor in hospitals classed as Major Trauma Centres in London, I’ve experienced the multiple frustrations which exist with the systems set up to source medical evidence which preceded SFR Medical.

“Police officers struggled to identify who to contact, administrative staff spent precious time managing the process and even experienced medics had difficulty understanding what was required.

“Ultimately, it’s the victims of violent crime who suffer when the delivery of poor quality medical evidence to legal teams is slow. That’s why SFR Medical exists – to streamline the provision, and drastically improve the quality of medical evidence. This project, producing 3D visual reconstructions of injuries, will be a game-changer for the criminal justice system, but most importantly for victims.

“I look forward to making this product available to UK police forces to ensure justice is served quickly, fairly and efficiently.”

She has recently been announced as a Women in Innovation 2020/2021 award winner by Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network to aid development of the product over the next 12 months.

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