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Ann Anat. 2001 May;183(3):275-81.

Plastinated body slices for verification of magnetic resonance tomography images.

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Department of Anatomy, University of Leipzig, Germany.


Plastinated body slices provide a higher resolution than photos taken from frozen objects as obtained for the "Visible Human Project". The impregnation with curable polymer gives those slices transparency. Since the thickness of a plastinated slice determines its optical resolution, very thin plastinated slices are necessary for comparison with MRT-images (MRIs) of high quality. The present technical note describes how very thin plastinated slices can be prepared by modification of the classical plastination technique and for comparison with MRI. Having labelled the object's planes recorded as MRIs, we, for the first time, plastinated 800 microm thick body slices superior in resolution to the corresponding MRIs, confirming and extending their structures. Thus, very thin plastinated body slices can be regarded as a helpful tool for radiological studies.

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