Plastination Techniques

Plastination and the “Live Responsible Campaign”:

Plastination is a tissue preservation process that was invented in the 1970’s by Gunther von Hagen.  Dr. Goodmurphy has developed a small plastination lab at EVMS which has been used for creating special educational materials.

The process extracts water from biological tissues and replaces it with silicone polymers allowing the tissues to be handled using bare hands and without the exposure to the toxicity of formaldehydes and alcohols that are used in the more traditional preservation techniques that have been used in anatomy labs.

With these specially processed specimens EVMS has not only been able to educate medical professionals from first year students to residents but has also developed a “Live Responsible Campaign” which uses the specimens as concrete examples of how healthy choices affect health and disease in our culture. Using these specimens he is able to educate hundreds of Hampton Roads students each year about the actual cost and effect of alcohol, smoking, bike helmets, diabetes and heart disease as they relate to obesity, activity rates and social responsibility. This project was part of the reason Dr. Goodmurphy was selected by the Virginia Beach School Board as the winner of the 2013 Model Partnership Award.

For more information on the Live Responsible campaign Please visit where it demonstrates the purpose of the program and how the plastinates are used in the educational process.


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