What is Cryonics?

Cryonics is the preservation of the human body at cryogenic temperatures (−196°C) in the expectation that future medical technology may be able to repair the accumulated damage of aging and disease at the molecular level, and restore the patient to health.

Continuing progress in medical technology strongly suggests that treatments will be found for most currently fatal conditions and as a result our expected healthy, vigorous lifespans will get very much longer within the next few decades.

For an idea of how likely cryonics is to work, have a look at the Cryonics Calculator, which will give you an estimate that takes into account any concerns you may have about disasters, financial failures, and so on.

It is important to note that cryonic suspension is not a form of euthanasia. A cryonic suspension is the last resort of someone who wants to preserve their life, not end it. All Australian laws and regulations will be followed and respected. Preparation for suspension will only begin after death is pronounced in accordance with law.

Previous methods of suspension could cause the formation of ice in the body and brain, which damaged the cells. Vitrification is now the leading method for suspension, in which cryoprotectants are used to prevent the formation of harmful ice crystals at extremely low temperatures. Once the patient gets below a certain temperature, everything stops where it is and becomes a glass-like substance, rather than forming crystals.


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