Showing jurors x-rays can be a powerful tool. Especially if your client has a prothesis or hardware. The hardware is a vivid way to make real the pain and difficulties your client has gone through. Assuming you have a laptop and a projector, you can easily get the x-rays into your computer.
- Take a Picture with a Digital Camera – Put the x-ray in a lightbox and use a good digital camera to take a pic of the illuminated x-ray.
- Have Your Local Camera Shop Digitize it – An x-ray is a film negative. Granted it’s a large negative, but its’ still just a negative. Your local camera shop should be able to put it on disk for you for a nominal fee.
- Send it to a Service Bureau – You can send the x-rays to MedQuest and they will put them on disk and ship it back to you for about $10 to $15 an x-ray depending on the volume you do. I know a number of other local/statewide litigation support firms also do this work.
I’ve used all three of these methods and they have all worked well.
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Yes, showing jurors is very powerful if the films are digitized right. It is not as easy as it sounds using a digital camera and light box. You may get a digital image that you can put into your computer. But you may not get everything imaged that is on the film. It may be fuzzy/blurred. Even missing some of the image. The digital camera lens may not have the quality of optics neccessary. If you are going to use the digital images in a trial. You want the best possible. You have your clients life and financial future at stake. Nothing to gamble with by using un- professional images that don't meet the American Radiological Society of America Standards. We have many attorneys from all across the US send us medical films to digitize. Because we do it right with a Vidar DiagnosticPro Advantage medical film digitizer. It is the same medical film digitizer used in most major hospitals. We digitize the films at or exceeding the American Radiological standards. We also digitize medical films that are used in Medical Research Studies and Universities. If you are going to use digital images of your clients x-rays I highly recommed that you have it done right.
What happens if you just put an xray film on a regular desktop scanner? Wouldn't you get a nice negative image of the xray? If so, it's an easy step to invert the image (in any image editing app, e.g. photoshop) to make it look like the original.