Heart of Glass: The Art of Medical Models

Farlow’s Scientific Glassblowing is a small company that makes high-end anatomical models for medical research. Veins, arteries, and other biological systems are made of glass to give a clear look, and sometimes the tubes are filled with flowing fake blood or medical instruments.

Their anatomically correct models can be designed to simulate blood flow, teach placement of catheters and angioplasty devices, or simply test or demo new surgical gizmos. Individual arteries, veins, and capillaries are shaped and fused together, one at a time. Ground-glass joints are added at the exposed ends so a head, say, can be connected to the carotid arteries should customers want to expand their model.

But it's also art. Gary Farlow and his team are skilled artisans and their products are as beautiful as they are useful. See more of them at Wired. Link

(Image credit: Garry McLeod)

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