Head and Brain Injuries

A medical legal visualization case study

Jane Doe had a car accident which resulted in her head bumping onto the dashboard and breaking her zygoma bone. She later had a surgery to correct the position of the bone. However, years later, she was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, which is potentially a long-term harm from the accident. Demonstrative evidence is needed in court for her attorney to present the case for compensation.


Jane's attorney brought all the medical records and CT/MRI scans to ASMA Studios (ASMA - Alex Ho, Sherry An, Mimi Guo and Abeeshan Selvabaskaran) for visualization solutions. ASMA Studios proposed four static exhibits to accurately show what Jane has gone through – her mechanism of injury,  a trauma illustration including fractures and soft tissue injury, an illustration on the surgical process, and an exhibit showing her brain injury and event timeline. 

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Faculty advisor

Stephen Mader


3D slicer, ZBrush, Procreate, and Adobe Illustrator

Final presentation format

Four horizontal panels for screen presentation

Primary audience

Demonstrative evidence for jury in court

Work Process

From medical records to visual plans

After digesting all the medical information, and reconstructing 3D skull from CT scans, we selected and drafted up information that will be presented on each panel.

  • Mechanism of Injury by Sherry An

  • Trauma Illustration by Mimi Guo

  • Surgical Illustration by Abeeshan Selvabaskaran

  • Brain Injury and Timeline by Alex Ho

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Additional references

  1. Direct CT and MRI scans from Vanessa Williams’ diagnosis

  2. 3D Reconstructed models from case CT scans