Corrosion Casting, a Known Technique for the Study and Teaching of Vascular and Duct Structure in Anatomy

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Roberto Javier Rueda Esteban; Juan Sebastián López McCormick; Daniel Ricardo Martínez Prieto & Juan David Hernández Restrepo


Teaching and learning anatomy, as a process, has changed. Fresh cadavers were once used as a tool for the student to approach the human body in order to overcome theoretical knowledge and gain applied expertise. Today, techniques such as corrosion casting are known to be a more effective way of achieving optimal results with the students. This paper examines a method to apply this technique to an organ using different polymers. The concentrations for acrylic, epoxy resin, polyester resin, and room temperature vulcanization (RTV) silicone are described, as well as the corresponding diameter of the duct to be injected with each one. A variety of specimens obtained using this technique, their qualities and characteristics are presented. The results of using these procedures while involving the students, showed increased sense of responsibility, dedication and awareness, which led them to take the class more seriously and enjoy the process of learning. Additionally, the specimens left by the students will help future classes reduce the number of specimens needed.

KEY WORDS: Corrosion Casting; Repletion; Corrosion; Teaching Anatomy; Preservation Techniques.

How to cite this article

RUEDA-ESTEBAN, R.; LÓPEZ-MCCORMICK, J.; MARTÍNEZ, D. & HERNÁNDEZ, J. Corrosion casting, a known technique for the study and teaching of vascular and duct structure in anatomy. Int. J. Morphol., 35(3):1147-1153, 2017.