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What is CereLaw

Since 2009, CereLaw™, a division of CereHealth Corp., has provided medical and legal resources to assist attorneys in more than 1000 legal proceedings related to mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries or exposures to toxic substances. Our imaging interpretation includes the use of standard deviations or z-scores to mathematically and visually show the areas of typical and atypical brain function, as compared to a composite average dataset, that structural imaging may miss. We also provide case preparation services and supportive materials to address any state or federal admissibility challenges.

Services We Provide

CereLaw™ uses advanced functional brain imaging technology that measures blood flow in up to 120 regions of the brain to mathematically and visually show areas of typical and atypical brain function, as compared to a composite average dataset, that structural imaging often misses.

Using SPECT brain imaging and state-of-the-art software from CereMetrix®, our medical experts are able to compare cerebral blood flow patterns and abnormalities of an injured person to that of an age-matched normative and composite average dataset.

Our medical experts know brain injuries inside and out because they deal with them on a daily basis. Our experts are authorities on reading SPECT brain scans and relating them to structural brain imaging and neuropsychological evaluations.

Attorneys who work with the CereLaw™ team gain access to our vast library of peer-reviewed, scientific literature and extensive case management program, which includes white papers, motions, responses, orders, deposition transcripts, and other supportive materials.

When called to testify, our medical experts are able to articulate the details of a brain abnormality. Their testimonies can simplify a legal proceeding by reducing complex facts to basic elements that can then be more easily understood by a judge or jury.

Types of Brain Injuries we Support

Types of Cases

  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Mass Tort
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workman’s Compensation

Results

To maximize the objective findings and reduce reader bias, reading radiologists first read the imaging blind to clinical information and then again with the patient’s clinical information, structural imaging and other testing.

Patient’s imaging data is compared to a normative or composite average dataset that allow for statistically quantified images that objectively validate the existence of an injury.

In cases from over 40 jurisdictions, CereScan’s brain SPECT images and medical experts’ testimony have been admitted over 99% of the time.

Expert Resources

Mr. Green is the Vice President of Forensics Services (a.k.a. CereLaw). He joined CereHealth in February 2012 and provides consultative and support services to the legal community. Mr. Green consults with hundreds of attorneys across the country annually, educating on the evolving science of brain-based disorders, and the use of various brain imaging modalities. He provides case support, writes opinions, and manages the sourcing of medical experts. Mr. Green earned his BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and his JD from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

S. Gregory Hipskind, MD, PhD is a member of CereScan’s reading physician’s team. He is a noted traumatic and toxic brain injury expert who interprets SPECT scans for patients and their physicians. When required, he also provides medical expert testimony for attorneys representing clients in brain injury litigation and frequently consults with clinicians and attorneys about patients with brain injuries throughout the U.S. Dr. Hipskind is a nationally recognized expert in using SPECT brain imaging to evaluate traumatic and toxic brain injuries including carbon monoxide poisoning. In 2008, he authored a chapter “Recent Advances in Brain SPECT Imaging after Carbon Monoxide Poisoning” in the medical textbook, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. A residency-trained family physician, Dr. Hipskind was certified by the American Academy of Brain Injury Specialists as a brain injury specialist in 2010. Since 2003, Dr. Hipskind has interpreted over 5,000 SPECT brain scans.. Dr. Hipskind has lectured extensively throughout the U.S. to numerous groups of physicians, teachers, and other professionals regarding the role of brain SPECT imaging in the assessment and rehabilitation of brain injuries and the proper diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Dr. Hipskind has appeared on Nightline with Tom Snyder, Dr. Phil, Evening Magazine, and The Truth About Drugs with Leeza Gibbons, a national documentary on the effects of drugs on teenage brain health. Most recently, Dr. Hipskind was the lead author to a published article, “Pulsed Transcranial Red/NIR Light Therapy Using Light-emitting Diodes Improves Cerebral Blood Flow and Cognitive Function in Veterans with Chronic Brain Injury: A Case Series.”

Bradley S. Shore, MD is a member of CereScan’s reading physician’s team. He is a board certified radiologist who has worked in varying capacities while in private practice, including Director of Tulane Residency Rotation, Section Head of Neuroradiology, Head of Neuroimaging, Finals Peer reviewer, and member of the Internal Review Board for Quality Assurance, as well as a top rated Radiologist for Quality Assurance. Dr. Shore earned his medical degree from Tulane University in Diagnostic Radiology, where he acted as Chief Resident of Radiology. At Tulane he was a Clinical Instructor of Radiology and an Assistant Professor of Radiology, and he earned a fellowship in Magnetic Resonance Imaging as well as an impressive list of awards and honors related to radiology.  Dr. Shore is owner, managing partner and Section head of Neuroimaging at Reliant Radiology, LLC, which provides a broad range of reading services to Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS), a multicenter outpatient imaging practice in the greater New Orleans area.

Louis M. Schruff, MD is a member of CereScan’s reading physician’s team. He practices general radiology with areas of special interest including neuroimaging, neurotrauma-brain injury, musculoskeletal radiology, and prostate imaging. He is certified by the American Board of Radiology (ABR), and is a member of the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Society of Skeletal Radiology (SSR), the American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS), the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER), the National Neurotrauma Society, the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS), and the Radiology Leadership Institute. Dr. Schruff is an owner and managing partner of Reliant Radiology, LLC, which provides a broad range of reading services to Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS), a multicenter outpatient imaging practice in the greater New Orleans area. He received his bachelor’s degree at Ole Miss, completed medical school, internship and diagnostic radiology residency at LSU School of Medicine at New Orleans, and performed a musculoskeletal radiology fellowship at the University of Florida Shands Hospital at Gainesville.

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