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JIMENEZ MEJIA, Ricardo  and  ISAZA CASTRO, Óscar. Plastination: a modern anatomical technique. Iatreia [online]. 2005, vol.18, n.1, pp.99-106. ISSN 0121-0793.

The preservation and maintenance of anatomical specimens and corpses have created the need for new techniques and for the use of substances different from formaldehyde, in order to lessen the risks of exposure to this substance and to biological agents, and to increase the availability and durability of anatomical pieces preserving their characteristics in order to facilitate teaching and research. In the eighth decade of the XX century the German anatomist von Hagens patented the plastination technique that consists of replacing the water of tissues by silicones, polymers or resins. The plastination process includes four steps: fixation, dehydration, impregnating and curing. There are some difficulties in Colombia regarding the availability of acetone, polymers and silicones as well as a lack of adequate infrastructure for the plastination process; because of this we have modified the technique using other substances at different pressure and temperature conditions; we report the modifications with which we have obtained very good results.

Keywords : anatomical specimens; curing; dehydration; fixation; forced impregnating; plastination.

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