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Amicus Visual Solutions is Awarded Top Honors for Med-Legal Exhibits
July 20, 2013

This past weekend, the Association of Medical Illustrators held their annual conference in Salt Lake City, where hundreds of medical illustrators gathered for continuing education and to share their expertise and skills. The association comprises 800 members and promotes the highest levels of competency, professionalism, and ethics among medical illustrators. Each year the association has a juried competition to call attention to those excelling in their fields of specialty. After being honored with several awards of excellence last year, including "Best in Show", AMICUS Visual Solutions swept the awards in the medical-legal category this year, winning all three awards that were given in the category. The awards were awarded on the basis of merit expressed in problem solving, accuracy of medical information, clarity, effectiveness and craftsmanship, and were judged by professional medical illustrators who are actively involved in the field. Other contenders in the same category included some of the biggest and best known medical visuals companies in the nation.


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Award of Excellence: John Doe's Biceps Tendon Repair Surgery
Med Illustrator: Aimee Cammilleri, M.A., CMI
Attorney: Lynn Laufenberg of Laufenberg, Jassak & Laufenberg, S.C., Milwaukee, WI

Details: This case is still ongoing. No further details are available at this time.



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Certificate of Merit: Jane Doe's Left Leg Injuries and Surgeries
Med Illustrator: Jennifer Darcy, M.S., CMI
Attorney: Shep Williams and Rob Somer of the Law Office of Harvey S. Williams, Washington, D.C.

Details: These illustrations were created to demonstrate the severe leg trauma sustained by the plaintiff after an automobile crashed through the front window of a restaurant where she was seated, shattering the glass, knocking the plaintiff out of her seat and running her over. The intent of the illustrations is to show the extensive and severe injuries to the skin, muscles and bones, and also to demonstrate the complexity of the multiple debridements, wound revisions and defect repairs. Photographs, operative notes, and medical records were used to ensure accurate depiction of the wounds and tissue manipulations.



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Certificate of Merit: Left Knee Fracture and Meniscus Tear
Med Illustrator: Michael Havranek, M.A.M.S., CMI
Attorney: Ryan Wind and John Shea of Marks and Harrison, Richmond, VA

Details: This case is still ongoing. No further details are available at this time.







Amicus Recognized for Outstanding Work
September 16, 2012

For the fifth year in a row, AMICUS Visual Solutions was recognized by the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI) for outstanding work in medical legal illustration. This summer we took home the top awards (Award of Excellence) for BOTH medical legal illustration and medical legal animation. Michael Havranek also received the coveted Best in Show award for a medical legal exhibit. This may be the first time a medical legal exhibit has ever won for Best in Show at the AMI. Included below are the winning pieces.

Included below are the illustrations that received awards:

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Best in Show AND Award of Excellence for Medical Legal Illustration
Title: Over-Extension of the METRx Tubular Retraction System
Illustrator: Michael Havranek
Type of Case: Medical Malpractice



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Award of Excellence for Medical Legal Animation
Title: Inconsistencies in the Defense's Argument
Art Direction/Animation: Michael Havranek, Asha Kays, Chris Brooks
Type of Case: Product Liability



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Certificate of Merit
Title: Jane Doe's 7/9/09 Humerus Fixation
Illustrator: Aimee Cammilleri
Type of Case: Personal Injury



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Certificate of Merit
Title: TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction
Illustrator: Michael Havranek
Type of Case: Medical Malpractice





Use of 2D and 3D Graphics to Investigate Imaging of Brain Atrophy
September 16, 2012

At the 2012 annual meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators, Michael Havranek gave an interesting talk on the Use of 2D and 3D Graphics to Investigate Imaging of Brain Atrophy. The talk focused on the Neuroquant research he has been working on with Dr. David Ross, Virginia Institute for Neuropsychiatry.

Abstract:

NeuroQuant is a new FDA-approved software that shows promising clinical applications in identifying brain atrophy resulting from degenerative diseases as well as mild traumatic brain injury. Coupled with OSIRIX, NeuroQuant provides colorful maps of brain subregions, allowing users to visualize the subregions' shape and size and identify areas of abnormality. Our team has applied a variety of 2D and 3D graphics techniques to visualize and analyze the NeuroQuant data sets, and to investigate the effectiveness and reliability of NeuroQuant in confirming areas of atrophy. The surprising results challenged doctors' opinions and demonstrated that NeuroQuant requires experienced operators to achieve accurate results and produce correct clinical conclusions.

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AMICUS Visual Solutions to Present New Technology at NABIS 9th Annual Conference on Brain Injury
August 17, 2011

Michael Havranek, Senior Medical Illustrator and Production Manager at AMICUS Visual Solutions, will be giving a presentation on the 3D Visualization of Brain Atrophy from NeuroQuant Data Sets at the NABIS conference this September in New Orleans. Michael will be demonstrating techniques for translating NeuroQuant Data into 3D models of the brain which allow the layperson audience to better appreciate brain injury as evidenced by NeuroQuant measurements.

NeuroQuant is FDA approved medical application which identifies brain injury on MRI by analyzing areas of the brain that exhibit evidence of atrophy from the demise of neurons. It provides objective, measurable evidence of brain injury in MTBI patients when there is a lack of visible signs of damage on regular CT/MRI. Combined with patient symptoms, history, and other diagnostic studies, NeuroQuant helps objectively solidify the case for brain injury and functional impairments in mild to moderate traumatic brain injury patients.

AMICUS Visual Solutions is working in conjunction with one of Virginia's top clinical and forensic neuropsychiatrists, Dr. David Ross, in developing methods to translate the NeuroQuant data into 3D models. These 3D models help the layperson to visualize and understand the NeuroQuant findings and how they manifest in the affected brain. Dr. Ross (www.vaneuropsychiatry.org) is a leading authority on NeuroQuant's use as a valuable tool in brain injury litigation. He is conducting ongoing research with patients that have a history of brain injury and correlating his clinical findings with those identified by NeuroQuant. Dr. Ross has amassed a wealth of knowledge on the topic and published articles in medical journals including the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. AMICUS Visual Solutions is working closely with Dr. Ross to find better ways to visually demonstrate physiological changes in traumatic brain injury patients using 3D computer graphics.

Michael will be presenting the latest in 3D visualization of NeuroQuant analysis at the North American Brain Injury Society's conference in New Orleans (Sept 15-17). The conference (www.nabis.org/node/42) features an all-star cast of top trial attorneys and medical experts who will present a broad array of practical information covering the latest literature, diagnostic testing methods, rehabilitation, case management, trial techniques and cutting-edge demonstrative evidence. Attendees will also benefit from an overview of the medical science of brain injury from an outstanding faculty of researchers and clinicians presenting the very latest in brain injury science, treatment and testing.

Michael's presentation is at 3:20 on Friday, Sept 16, and is part of four concurrent medical sessions where nationally recognized medical experts in brain injury will present the latest advances in the science, rehabilitation and treatment in the field.

To find out more about the conference or how NeuroQuant may be useful to you in your next brain injury case, contact AMICUS Visual Solutions at 1-877-303-1952.

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