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 not only are they real, human tissue but they are also clean, dry and easy to handle and best of all is that they're NON-TOXIC. Specimens produced by The American Plastination Company are dry, odorless, rather durable and usually free from encasing material. During our process of plastination, water and lipids in biological tissues are replaced by polymers. By using polymers, the anatomical specimen becomes dry, odorless and requires minimal aftercare. 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.