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Real anatomy for teaching (Plastinated human body)
Von Hagens Plastination offers one-of-a-kind, real human specimens, preserved through Plastination, exclusively for medical teaching, anatomy labs and instruction. These anatomical teaching resources are made possible through the revolutionary specimen preservation process of Plastination, invented by anatomist Gunther von Hagens, founder of von Hagens Plastination.  

Plastination

Plastination is a process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977.
The water and fat are replaced by certain plastics, yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample. These specimens allow the study or research of the human body without the usual disadvantages of real human bodies like decomposition, smell and the health hazards of formaldehyde.
Von Hagens Plastination offers one-of-a-kind, real human specimens, preserved through Plastination, exclusively for medical teaching, anatomy labs and instruction. These anatomical teaching resources are made possible through the revolutionary specimen preservation process of Plastination, invented by anatomist Gunther von Hagens, founder of von Hagens Plastination.  
Through Dr. von Hagens science - a unique collaboration between the Institute for Plastination's body donors, the plastination anatomists and technicians, and educators like yourself -- future generations will be able to gain knowledge of human anatomy that was previously unavailable.
The Institute for Plastination's body donation program that makes these specimens available for education and instruction was founded in 1982.  We are grateful to the donors who declared their wish to be useful for medical teaching and instruction.
More than 400 teaching institutions around the world use plastinated specimens for teaching.

Anatomy and Plastination Courses

Von Hagens Plastination offers courses in Anatomy and Plastination taught by our doctors and scientists with more than 20 years of experience in Plastination.
In the PLASTINARIUM, our Anatomical Teaching Center based in unique historical buildings one hour from Berlin in Guben, Germany which have been reconstructed and adapted to create the perfect environment to do and learn about plastination and anatomy we give courses in Plastination and Anatomy to all levels, from pre-med students to professionals.

Silicone Plastinates

Silicone Plastinates are plastinated specimens from real human bodies. They include almost every body part from organs and nerve systems to whole body specimen. 
Silicone Plastinates have a high didactical value and are particularly suitable for universities and museums. Their unique three-dimensional complexity illustrates the intricate structure of the musculoskeletal system and the inner organs as well as their relative position to each other. These specimens keep their natural form and thus allow students and professionals to examine structures and details of the body better than any model.  
More than 400 teaching institutions around the world use plastinated specimens for teaching.
 Silicone Plastinates are odorless and not harmful to health even when handling without gloves. They are durable, flexible, authentic, do not shrink. Anatomy specialists dissect our specimen with painstaking detail and anatomical precision to assure accuracy and highest quality.
All Plastinates are produced in Germany, near Berlin. Each Plastinate is handmade and produced under strict ethical guidelines.

Sheet Plastination

Sheet Plastinates are 1-5 millimeter thick plastinated body slices from real human bodies. All bodily liquids of the specimens have been replaced by polymers. 

In comparison to well-known diagnostic pictures of computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance tomography (MRT), sheet plastinates illustrate anatomical structures, in color, either transparent or translucent.

The intricate world of macroscopy is revealed, as areas of interest can be studied down to the finest tissues, at the microscopic level.
The colored, dry and odorless slices show the positions of the structural elements in relationship to each other and offer a clear, didactically valuable distinction of the different kinds of the tissue.

Sheet plastinates are odorless and not harmful to health even when handling without gloves. They are durable, do not shrink and will not deteriorate with time. Each plastinate is handmade and produced under strict ethical guidelines.

Anatomy Glass

Anatomy Glass is almost more real than reality – high resolution acrylic glass prints of the best original body slices. They offer anatomical cuts in unequalled quality, in which even structures within the submacroscopical scope can be examined. Anatomy Glass possesses the following positive characteristics: it does not fade, yellow or discolour. Moreover, the shown anatomical structures are without positioning errors due to cor-rection before printing.
Aside from being more readily available than original sheet specimens, Anatomy Glass can be used on overhead projectors and provides added security, by offering the strength of shatterproof glass.
Anatomy Glass is available for the general public, since it does not violate the sales restrictions of genuine human preparation.

Blood Vessel Configurations

Blood Vessel Configurations are perfect castings of the inner blood vessels, body parts and whole bodies.


A revolutionary technological process, consisting of injection, curing and removal of remaining tissue, enables us to produce specimens that demonstrate precisely even the smallest and filigree blood vessels. Blood vessel configurations are three-dimensional and illustrate the complex work of blood vessels in the human body or body parts.

Blood vessel configurations have a high didactical value and allow students and professionals to examine structures and details of the blood vessels better than any model. They illustrate body cavities, vascular systems, the course of blood vessels and bifurcation patterns within an organ or body system.

Blood vessel configurations do not deteriorate over time and are not harmful to health when handling without gloves. The use of special polymers make blood vessel configurations stable, nevertheless, we suggest to use them primarily for demonstration purposes.

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