Benefits of Plastination
The pioneering specimen preservation method of Plastination has changed the way medical professionals, researchers and students engage with, and learn about, the human body.
Plastinates allow a considered encounter and deep engagement with human biology and anatomy, with none of the hallmarks of traditional specimens.
Once medical professionals study human biology and pathology through plastinated specimens, they invariably view traditional specimens as early forerunners of plastination or relics of medical history
Advantages to artificial models or wet specimens
As they stem from natural, individually grown bodies, Plastinates are better than any artificial three-dimensional models of the human organism, which have to be schematized. The learning path of students is accelerated and students’ understanding of material is demonstrably higher.
Often Plastinates are more revelatory than untreated anatomical specimens in formaldehyde. Diseases such as cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease can now be preserved and studied on a real body. When the physico-chemical treatment is performed correctly, the microscopic cell structures maintain their original shape. Thus, Plastinates are very accurate representations of preserved bodies illustrating all functional structures perfectly.
Advantages to traditional wet specimen dissection
Traditionally medical students familiarize themselves with the human body through a process of removal. First, they remove the skin from the cadaver, then they detach muscles from the limbs, and finally conclude by removing the chest and abdominal walls. After removing the organs, the remainder of the body is – to use their own rather telling term- “dissected down” to the bones and ligaments.
In Plastination, the body is also first dissected. However, the method makes it possible to create new types of specimens. When the polymers harden, muscles that would ordinarily be slack are firm, allowing the body to be displayed in a variety of unusual poses, either in its entirety or in various stages of anatomical dissection. It is even possible to take a body that has been dissected and render it into components of interest from all angles, thereby creating gaps that allow for informative glimpses into the body and reveal structural relationships that would otherwise remain hidden.
Since specimens rendered through plastination are durable and permanent, more complex and detailed dissection is worthwhile compared to traditional wet preparation.
The use of plastinated specimens relieve universities and other institutions of the myriad logistical responsibilities and economic challenges inherent in managing traditional anatomical teaching resources.
Many universities maintain their own body donation programs. Such programs are time consuming and require a considerable degree of organization and care with the appropriate administration.
Due to costs, smaller universities may not be able to maintain wet specimen dissection or may need to limit it severely. Due to religious and cultural restrictions, institutions is some countries have no possible access to body donors. Plastinates are economically efficient teaching resources, as additions to traditional teaching methods, or as an advanced alternative to wet specimen dissection.
Plastinates have a long lasting durability and can be reused year after year. They therefore typically recoup their cost within a few semesters.
The highest quality standards
Our teaching plastinates and specimens are characterized by the highest quality standards. Our anatomy specialists, some with more than 20 years’ experience, meticulously dissect our specimens to highlight even the smallest details and ensure anatomical accuracy.
We manufacture our line of plastinates exclusively in Germany, manufactured by a tenured, experienced team. The result of Plastination also depends crucially on the plastics used. The plastics have been continuously developed since the invention of plastination and allow the production of specimens without any discoloration, shrinkage or drying. Many newly developed plastics and methods are used exclusively by us.
Our plastinates are therefore undisputed worldwide as the best available specimens for research and teaching, and enjoy an excellent reputation in professional circles.
Our clients include numerous venerable educational institutions around the world. Renowned universities such as the College of Dentistry at New York University have replaced their previous wet specimen dissection of real bodies with plastinated specimens, and achieved demonstrably improved results in their students’ education. This is especially true for smaller teaching institutions.
Testimonials from these institutions are available upon request, please contact us for further information.
Here you will find a selection of videos of professors from New York University College of Dentistry and
the University of Warwick speaking about their experiences and teaching with Plastinates.
Evidence-based Benefits of Plastinate Specimens in a Blended Learning Approach for Anatomy Education
Dissection / Prosection
Digital Rendering / 3D Models
Plastic / Clay Models