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. Plastination is a cost effective, durable and stable method for preserving the human tissue. 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 REAL human teaching aids, clean, dry and easy to handle, but best of all is that they are NON-TOXIC. Specimens produced by the Michigan Plastination Laboratory, Inc. 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. By using these polymers, the anatomical specimen becomes dry, odorless and requires minimal aftercare. The polymer used is devoid of the harmful effects of formalin, and they serve as an excellent teaching tool in medical education. Plastinating real human tissue makes for a long lasting and non-hazardous specimen, which makes it one of the best medical teaching aids available today.