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Static External Images and Internal Videography

Each human heart specimen is stored in 10% formalin within an airtight container. As needed or desired, these specimens can be removed for study. We typically will place each in a tub of water with continual rinsing for several hours before being removed for subsequent investigations. The hearts can then be manipulated by the investigator wearing proper safely protective clothing and gloves to obtain the external and internal images. The external images are obtained by positioning the heart to a desire anatomic orientation: i.e., to obtain anterior, posterior, right margin and left margin views. The internal images are obtained by placing videoscopes into the various chambers of each heart to observe specified anatomical structures.

External Imaging

A graduate student positions a fresh human specimen for external imaging.