Living Systems Instrumentation designs, develops, and manufactures instruments for in vitro research studies of pressurized, perfused, cannulated blood vessels. These include vessel chambers and electro-mechanical apparatus for the measurement and control of pressure, flow rate and vessel dimensions. Living Systems also offers an array of laboratory equipment that are essential to any successful research project!

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Dissection Tools Starter Kit

The importance of quality dissection instruments cannot be overstated. Our starter dissection kit contains everything you need to begin isolating and cannulated pressurized blood vessels.

Kit Components
  • Rugged foam-lined plastic case
  • Two No. 5 Dumont forceps (FORCEPS-5)
  • Multi-purpose Iris scissors (SCS-IR-ST-11.5CM)
  • High quality Vannas scissors (SCS-VAN-ST-4MM)
  • Three sizes of dissection pins (0.1 mm, 0.2 mm, and 0.5 mm) (PIN-0.1MM, PIN-0.2MM, PIN-#3)
  • Nylon thread used to tie off pressurized vessels onto glass cannula (THRG)
  • Large dissection dish (DD-90-S)

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Dissection Tools Starter Kit

Our dissection hand support platform is designed to minimize hand strain and fatigue resulting from many hours spent dissecting and preparing cannulated blood vessels. It is ideally suited for dissection scopes that lack a base plate, or when dissections are conducted directly on a lab bench. Several holding frames are included that accept our CH-1 and CH-2 vessel chambers, our DD-90-S dissection petri dish, and 35 mm dissection dishes. A mirror in the base can be used to reflect incident light for better visualization of some specimens. The base is heavily weighted to provide stability. Foam pads on either side of the holding frame provide a suitable surface to rest your wrists.

Kit Components
  • Facilitates vessel dissection and tying vessels cannulae
  • Reduces hand strain
  • Avoids sliding of dish or chamber
  • Interchangeable holding frames for petri dishes and chambers
  • Mirror in base to reflect incident light for better visualization
  • Weighted base with non-slip feet
Specifications
Dimensions42 cm x 17 cm
Weight4 kg

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These high quality stainless steel forceps are ideal for general tissue dissection applications, such as holding adherent connective tissue and peeling apart tissue structures. These forceps have straight tips.

Specifications
Blade ShapeStraight
Overall Length11 cm
Tips0.1 x 0.06 mm

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These high quality stainless steel forceps have finer tips than the No. 5 forceps, making them ideal for handling microvessels and other fine tissue structures.

Specifications
Blade ShapeStraight
Overall Length11 cm
Tips0.05 x 0.02 mm

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Scissors Vannas, 8cm Long, 2.5mm

These high quality stainless steel spring Vannas scissors are ideal for microscopic dissections. The scissors have very fine tips that eliminate extraneous material, thus maximizing visibility under a microscope. The short (2.5 mm) taper on the tips make them ideal for small cuts that are common with microvessel dissections, or dissections of other fine tissues.

Specifications
Blade ShapeStraight
Overall Length8 cm
Tips2.5 mm L, 0.075 mm W

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Scissors, Iris, 11.5cm Straight

These high quality stainless steel iris scissors are ideal for general tissue dissection applications, such as removing connective tissue and cutting a specimen into smaller pieces. The scissors have sharp straight blades.

Specifications
Blade ShapeStraight
Overall Length11.5 cm
Tips23 mm L

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Scissors, Vannas, 10.5cm L 4mm Blade

These high quality stainless steel spring Vannas scissors are ideal for microscopic dissections. The scissors have fine tips that are slightly longer (4 mm) than the other scissors we carry. The longer tips are useful for general tissue cleaning, or for removing connective tissue from large blood vessels. These scissors are also useful for cutting muscle strips from larger hollow organs, such as urinary bladder, uterus, trachea, and intestine.

Specifications
Blade ShapeStraight
Overall Length10.5 cm
Tips4 mm L, 0.15 mm W

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Scissors, Vannas, 7.5cm long, Angled

These high quality stainless steel spring Vannas scissors feature angled on flat blades that angle up when the scissors are laid flat. This angle facilitates making horizontal cuts from above the specimen, as is commonly done when cleaning microvessels.

Specifications
Blade ShapeAngled on flat
Overall Length7.5 cm
Tips3 mm L, 0.15 mm W

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Scissors, Vannas, 8cm L 3mm Blade

These high quality stainless steel spring Vannas scissors are ideal for microscopic dissections. The scissors have very fine tips that eliminate extraneous material, thus maximizing visibility under a microscope. The relatively longer taper on the tips (3 mm) make them well suited for cutting through microvessel walls, or dissections of other fine tissues.

Specifications
Blade ShapeStraight
Overall Length8 cm
Tips3 mm L, 0.05 mm W