Plastination is a cost effective, durable and stable method for preserving the human tissue. Plastination is the method of permanently preserving tissue in a life-like state, in which biological tissue is preserved, by replacing the fluids of the body with synthetic materials. The preservation and demonstration of anatomical teaching aids that retain much of their natural features has been a long-lasting goal of anatomists, pathologists and other medical educators. The preservation of most biological specimens is performed using liquids such as formaldehyde, alcohol and glycerin. Although these commonly used liquids are efficient, they have many disadvantages.
Plastinated specimens offer advantages over other methods of preservation because they are anatomically correct, clean, dry and easy to handle, but best of all is that they are NON-TOXIC. Specimens produced by American Plastination Company are dry, odorless, rather durable and usually free from encasing material. During the process of plastination, water and lipids in biological tissues are replaced by polymers such as silicone, epoxy or polyester. By using these polymers, the anatomical specimen becomes dry, odorless and requires minimal aftercare. All of these polymers are devoid of the harmful effects of formalin, and they serve as an excellent teaching tool in medical education. Plastinating human tissue produces a long lasting, easy to handle, non-hazardous and natural looking specimen, which makes it the best medical teaching aid available today.