High resolution anatomical photographs of SI-Sheet plastinates of the hoof show structures which reach vom the coffin bone into the hoof corium. These might be part of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx. I had discussed with Chris Pollitt in the past whether it would be possible to visualise the mesocopic details of the suspensory apparatus of the distal phalanx in sheet plastination specimens. With the help of the SI (Selective Impregnation) – method it might be possible.
I will examine more hoof plastinates and check whether these structures can be found in all hooves or if they might be a result of hoof disease like eg. laminitis. Meanwhile I am looking forward to your comments and ideas.
Rabbit teeth reach very far into the jaws. They end close to the eye and nose cavity. This is why teeth problems in rabbits can be misinterpreted as eye disease or infection of the nose. The real anatomical plastinate of the rabbit head allows better understanding of the topography of the rabbit teeth and other structures of the head. The real plastinated specimens and the high resolution scientific photographs can be also found as Detail Vision Offers in Etsy: Rabbit head sheet plastinate and photographs in Etsy
A new kind of embedded silicone plastination specimen. It combines the realistic 3-dimensional vision of anatomical details in silicone plastination with the attractive and convenient hands-on approach of embedded specimens
The sheet plastinate shows how the fracture goes through almost the entire long pastern bone. These fracture can usually not be treated in horses. During treatment horses develop severe problems also in the other foots: see plastination of laminitis in the equine hoof.
The detail of the fish head vascularisation demonstrates how the transparency of the sheet plastinate can show the whole complexity of the blood vessel anatomy in one single anatomical specimen. You can also find this picture and many more in the plastination-archive.
The use of plastinates in schools, museums and other institutions was the subject of an oral presentation from Dr. Christoph von Horst at the EAVA congress in Stara Zagora (Bulgaria). Veterinary anatomists from all of Europe, the US, South America, New Zealand and Australia heard about how plastinates can be adapted to the needs of a wider range of users. The tension between aesthetics and the scientific message played a major role in the speach. Co-author of the presentation was Prof. Dr. Robert W. Henry (President of the World Association of Veterinary Anatomists). Henry and von Horst also presented a scientific poster that suggests a change of the anatomical nomenclature (Nomina anatomica veterinaria) for the equine maxillary sinuses.