Plastination is the most modern preservation technique for anatomical and pathological specimens to keep them in dry, odorless and in more durable form. This makes it easy to handle specimens without the discomfort of formalin, and fear of damaging them. The technique was developed by Dr. Gunther Von Hagens in 1980, and is rapidly growing around the world since then. Plastinated specimens are greatly appreciated by students and teachers, as they are easy to handle maintenance required is virtually nil.
Plastinated specimens are of no doubt to become standard assets of all Medical, Dental, Paramedical, and even S Institutions around the world in near future. ‘Plastodur® Enterprises’ is dedicated to spread the technique of Plastination in association with teaching Medical Institutions which has legal right to procure and store dead body and cadaveric specimens.
Since water is completely replaced by a curable polymer, these specimens will never decay or dry out. Since the polymer used is durable after curing, even rough and careless handling won't easily damage the specimen. polymers generally used for plastination is inert after curing, hence it will not cause skin or eye irritation as formalin do(formalin is the commonly used preservative of anatomical specimens)
What is a polymer?
Polymers are chemical compounds with long or short chain molecules, When a curing agent is added, chain molecules are linked to form long and cross linked three dimensional structure which repeat their pattern. This reaction convert liquid or semi liquid polymer to solid. and the process is called polymerization. Nature of this solid is dependent on the type of polymer.
Speed of polymerization can be altered by various factors like quantity of polymerizing agent used, temperature, or external agents, depending on the polymer (one method may not work for another)
Which polymers can be used for plastination?
Any polymer which is optically transparent/translucent & low viscous can be used for plastination, provided it should be easily curable, and should not change the appearance of the tissue unless it is essential. Silicone, Polyester, Polyurethane and Epoxy are commonly used. Each interact differently with the visual effect of the end product..
An equipped lab and skilled hands are the key to a successful plastination project. For over a decade, our engineering team have developed a set of equipment for very small to very large plastination lab.
How much does it cost?
Very Small lab (for small specimens like kidney): Click for details
Small lab (For small to medium size specimens like liver): Click for details
Medium lab (For limb size specimens): Click for details
Large lab (For whole body): Click for details
Established in 2015 with a vision of making the Plastination technology accessible and affordable to all medical and paramedical institutions, and to make plastinated specimens the standard assets for Medical, Dental and Paramedical teaching, which helps to bring students and teachers one step closer to Anatomical specimens.
Our research team has developed a set of cost effective competent silicone and other resins exclusively for whole organ/body plastination and sheet plastination. The Plastination chambers, vacuum chambers, dehydration chambers and other equipment developed by our engineering research team are exclusively designed for plastination under various conditions and a variety of specimens, has high degree of efficiency and provide a very easy handling even for a non skilled person.
Hands on Training
There is no other learning method than by learning by doing it yourself. Pull on your glove and be prepared to mess with silicone/resin
Whole organ Plastination
Luminal casting technique
Live demonstration of various stages of plastination can be so interesting and clarifying.
Our mission is to embrace the pursuit of learning the technique of plastination with passion. Out high quality equipments are built to last a life time, and special grade raw materials guarantee high quality plastination experience and the specimens to last for decades without maintenance.
Forced impregnation process
Plastination lab at Travancore Medical College
Harikrishnan demonstrating plastinated specimens at Travancore Medical College
Harikrishnan explaining about plastination (Curing)
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