von Hagens Plastination Products

Plastination is an innovative preservation method of biological tissue that replaces bodily fluids with polymers and was invented and further developed by Dr. Gunther von Hagens. All of our plastinates are produced in Germany at Gubener Plastinate GmbH under the leadership of Dr. Gunther von Hagens. All Plastinates are odorless and non-toxic even when handling without gloves. They are durable, flexible, authentic and do not shrink.

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. The specimens have a high didactical value and are particularly suitable for universities and colleges. 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.  

Sheet Plastinates

Sheet Plastinates are 1-5 mm 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 All bodily liquids of the specimens have been replaced by polymers.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 issues, 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.

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 discolor. Moreover, the shown anatomical structures are without positioning errors due to correction 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.

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.

Skeletons & Skulls

The production of defatted and durable skeletons requires much experience. The skeleton forms the scaffolding of the human body. Of the roughly 200 bones in the human body, the skull is the most difficult to teach and learn from to memorize. Instruction works best with a "splitting head expanded skull", as has been the practice in anatomy education for over 100 years. The 22 individual bones of our splitting head expanded skull are initially separated from each other and then reconnected with high-grade steel wire, leaving equal spaces between each the bones. This allows for a 3D view of each single skull bone and grants an interesting interior view.

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