The XIV Catalan Forensic Medicine Update Congress was held in Barcelona’s City of Justice from 11 – 13 December. DyCare did not miss the opportunity to present the innovative Lynx device to the more than 200 congress visitors both at its information stand and in a specific workshop.
What is the Forensic Medicine Congress?
The Catalan Forensic Medicine Update Congress, an event that is held every two years, is organised by the ACMF (Catalan Association of Forensic Physicians) with the purpose of presenting new scientific activities. This year, the Congress focused on matters relating to the assessment of bodily injury, a subject in which DyCare has great expertise, along with toxicology, forensic pathology and forensic psychiatry.
The first day of the Congress was dedicated entirely to the Symposium on Bodily Injury Assessment, an area that has crucial implications on all judicial levels when it comes to determining the right to compensation in cases of personal injury. Achieving an adequate evaluation of the harm caused in an objective, quantifiable, reproducible and rigorous manner, is vital in order to rapidly resolve court proceedings in Spain.
Forensic biomechanics play a fundamental role in the assessment of bodily injury resulting from assault, road accidents, domestic violence, occupational disability, brain injuries, etc.
Keynote speakers and acknowledgement of Lynx’s ease of use
In his presentation “Clinical-practical utility of biomechanics applied to injury mechanisms in the assessment of body damage”, Dr. Juan Sánchez Montaña, Medical Assessor and Judicial Expert, explained the purpose and importance of carrying out an objective functional assessment using static sensors. He also presented some of the results obtained using the Lynx system, which have allowed a person’s functional limitations to be clearly demonstrated in a trial.
The presentation by Dr. Ignacio Bermejo and Clemente Pastor of the Biomechanics Institute of Valencia was the highlight among several other presentations of great significance in the field of functional assessment given at the Congress. Both presentations stressed the importance of using a medically certified assessment device such as Lynx.
Some of the professionals that discovered our Lynx device at the Congress pointed out that it has raised great interest in the forensics community, which requires tools that carry out objective quantification. “If I hadn’t tested it myself, I would never have believed that I could take a measurement, carry out a functional analysis and have the report in my hands in just 5 minutes,” declared one of our visitors. Others commented: “I had worked with sensor technology in the past, but had never seen a device that was so quick, reliable and simple to use in a functional assessment,” and, “I really like the protocols that you have developed for assessing joint function.”
There is no doubt that the field of functional assessment in forensics is still in its early stages. “We think that the DyCare technology has entered the forensics field to stay and will produce a fast, intuitive and reliable improvement in diagnosis,” declares the company’s Business Developer, Daniel Serra.