Rachelle L. Clauson discusses the layer on top of the “six pack”, the abdominal Superficial Fascia and the dissection project she is working on in the lab.
So this is a familiar image. This is the
abdomen and I don't know about you,
but my six-pack isn't quite this visible, and
the reason is that we have another
layer that's been removed from this
plastinate form. It's called the
superficial fascia. Superficial fascia
has not been examined nearly as much in
the past as recently. We're realizing
there's quite a bit of architectural
continuity from the skin down to the
deep fascia in the superficial fascia
layer that's really fascinating, and has
a really important role … multiple roles
actually. So my project this week in the
lab has been working on this piece first
of superficial fascia, of removing it
from the belly and then working to get
all of the fat out of it. This is an
experiment that's never been plastinated
before, and part of the plastination
process actually helps to dissolve the fat.
We're doing two processes: one to see
if the plastination can dissolve all of
it out of the superficial fascia without
destroying the architecture. And the
other one, we're manually actually
squeezing the fat out. So that's been my
project and we're excited to see if we
can have this sample. What you'll end up
with if it works is a beautiful
honeycomb-like structure that shows this
great organization of what, up to now, we
probably just thought of as our fat!
It's actually really quite lovely!

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