Showroom

The final section of the PLASTINARIUM is its showroom with its exhibition of numerous individual and whole-body plastinates of humans and animals. These include silicone, bone, and slice plastinates, as well as numerous blood vessel configurations.


Silicone plastinates are plastinated specimens from real human bodies. They include almost every body parts from organs to whole-body specimens. Their unique three-dimensional compexity illustrates the intricate structure of the musculoskeletal system in the inner organs as well as their relative position to each other.
Gunther von Hagens has shaped the whole-body plastinates so that they clearly show how the body is contructed and how it performs different tasks. Other whole-body plastinates have been dissected in ways that highlight different body systems, such as muscles, internal organs, or nerves and blood vessels.





Slice plastinates are 1.5 mm thin slices of real bodies, impregnated with resins and subsequently hardened.In comparision to well-known diagnostic pictures of computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance tomography (MRT), sheet plastinates illustrate anatomical structures, in color, either transparent or transclucent. The intricate world of macroscopy is revealed , as areas of interest can be studied down to the finest tissues, at the microscopic level.Being able to study the human body in the shape of perfect slices has been an anatomist`s dream for centuries, as these slices illustrate the body`s compact anatomy in an unaltered manner.
The method of plastination now, for the first time, facilitated the production and preservation of thin, transparent body slices of unparalleled transparency, vibrant colors, and size.

 

 

Blood Vessel configurations are perfect castings of the inner bood vessels, body parts and whole bodies.
A revolutionary technological process, consisting of injection, curing and removal of remaining tissue, enables us to produce specimen that demonstrate precisely even the smallest and filigree blood vessels.
They are created by injecting liquid colored plastics into the vessels. Once this plastic hardens, it has assumed the shape of the vessels. Then the surrounding tissue is removed, both mechanically and with the help of enzymes.
A vessel configuration, therefore, solely consists of vessels that have been injected with plastic.

Blood vessel configurations are three-dimensional and illustrate the complex work of blood vessels in the human body or body parts.