For the most impressive experiences when learning anatomy, we present Dr. von Hagens' plastinations, inventor of plastination method with forty years experience in the field...
Plastination is a process used in anatomy to preserve bodies or body parts, first invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977.
Nowadays manufactured samples are a common part of a very experienced team, supervised by Dr. Hagens.
An innovative method of preservation of real tissues by plastination brought significant improvement of anatomical research and teaching through visual and tactile, and realism.
Using these authentic human specimens provides a unique alternative to the traditional plastic models and "wet" samples.
The mission of von Hagens plastinates is to allow the teaching of anatomy gaining unique experiences using authentic samples from the human body. For students, teachers, doctors, scientists and health professionals. Offered choice of learning samples include silicone plastinates, sheet plastinations (cuts) and view of vascular structures. It is also possible adaptation of the samples to the specific requirements of educational institutions, universities, museums and science centers.
All anatomical specimens come from the bodies of donors who donated their bodies with official permission for the time of your life, for the purpose of educating the next generation. For almost 35 years, this donation program is ethical backbone of the plastination.
The Administrator of this donor program is an institute of plastination in Heidelberg, which was founded in 1993. Currently the program is situated more than 13.000 donors from more than thirty countries. However prevail donors from Germany (about 85%) and North America (10%). Application to the program is not an obligation, but only intend declaration, which can be canceled at any time.
Plastinated human samples can only be used for scientific and educational purposes.
*Sheet Plastinates are 1 - 5 milimeter thick plastinated body slices from real human bodies. In comparison to well-known diagnostic pictures of computer tomography and magnetic resonance tomography, sheet plastinates illustrate anatomical structures in color.
**Anatomy Glasses are reproductions of the most interesting sheet plastination cuts, transmitted in high resolution on Plexiglas, designed for projection. Anatomy Glass is available for the general public, since it does not violate the sales restrictions of genuine human preparation.