ABOUT THIS SITE »
The Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences holds an extraordinary collection of pathology specimens that have been accumulated over more than 80 years. Most of the approximately 4500 specimens are derived from surgical procedures or autopsies performed at Groote Schuur Hospital.
These specimens are a wonderful learning resource for health science students, especially those who will be practising in Africa. The specimens can be viewed virtually via this website - note that we are still building the image banks and updating the catalogues.
To browse or search for specimens select the appropriate catalogue from the
e-Catalogues menu above. Cases that are especially useful for undergraduate self-study are being expanded and can be found in student cases. For more advanced students, there are comprehensively described and annotated neuropathology specimens under neuropathology.
Please be respectful of the specimens and their images. Although anonymous now, they originate from real patients whose diseases were often distressing, painful and fatal.
ADOPT A SPECIMEN CAMPAIGN
The PLC is sheltering thousands of bottled pathology specimens in need of TLC.
There is a specimen that needs you.
We’d like to suggest you adopt one that has personal or professional significance.
A 5 year adoption costs R250 :: a lifetime adoption costs R1000.
To sponsor the restoration and maintenance of a member of this valuable collection, please go to the donations page
And contact the curator about the specimen you’d like assigned to you.
First example of Online Virtual Microscopy at UCT
Click on the microscope icon from this case of cryptococcal meningitis to see the pathology and the pathogens up close and personal.
Our specimens out and about
For World No Tobacco Week (26 -31 May 2014), City of Cape Town’s Environmental Health unit ran with the WHO theme “Protect Youth from Tobacco Marketing”. Interventions were held in schools, colleges and public spaces. Our specimens of smoking related diseases were “always the centre of attraction” and “drew out many a question from the audience”.
The Microscope Has Landed
The Pathology Learning Centre has just taken delivery of an Olympus VS120 virtual slide scanner. This will give the best possible digital microscopy images to add to our catalogues - coming soon.
Latest exhibition now online Pathology goes Viral
Featuring pathology caused by viruses, as illustrated by specimens in the UCT teaching collection
We would like to hear any interesting or funny stories you have about experiences in the pathology museum e.g. Did you disastrously misidentify organs or pathology? Cutting comments from tutors or examiners?
Contributions to the curator for a future feature on our Blog. Thanks for participating!
QR coding gives quick and easy access to PLC specimen data
The shortest route to access data on any catalogued PLC specimen is via a (free) QR reader installed on your smartphone or tablet. You can then use your device’s camera to scan the QR code, and your browser will open the webpage for that specimen.(A webcam on a PC or laptop can do the same.)
Wallpapering Room 1.12
This room houses the skin, breast and bone specimens. The new wallpaper is an assembly of old illustrations of skin conditions (source unknown).
New student SSM exhibition Jan 2013
One of last year’s year 2 students put together a commendably comprehensive exhibition on the the Pathology of Breast Cancer. This is now on display in Barnard-Fuller and online at: www.digitalpathology.uct.ac.za/topics/breast_ca/
3D imaging of our specimens May 2012
Using on-line pathology one usually gets to view the back and front of a specimen, and usually this is all that's needed to see the pathology clearly. For some specimens it is very helpful to turn the specimen around and view it from all angles, as if one were actually handling it. We can approximate this with 3D imaging. We are incorporating 3D imaging into our student cases and catalogues, see
(3D lithopaedion )
2014 ROC KASCHULA PRIZE FOR PAEDIATRIC PATHOLOGY for UCT semester 5 students
Essay Topic “Primary Childhood Tuberculosis” in 3 - 5000 words. Due 3 October. Contact Prof Govender’s office for details (+27 21 406 6162). Start HERE for inspiration.
Lodox™ Imaging Dec 2011
Stef Steiner of Lodox Systems S.A. (www.lodox.com) has kindly helped us with x-raying a selection of our bottled specimens. This is valuable for reviewing some of our early material collected before imaging was available, as well as more recent material where the x-rays are simply missing. (See also lithopaedion )
TLC for New Residents November 2011
The Saint Surgical Pathology collection is joining the Pathology Learning Centre. The specimens are being assessed, cleaned and renovated before being integrated into the existing collection.
Pathology Learning Centre - Michaelis Collaboration October 2011
A collaboration with Michaelis art students curated by Julia Clark »
Student exhibitions September 2011
Three students in year 2 of the MBChB signed up to do PLC exhibitions for their special studies modules.
They chose very different topics: Disorders of Pregnancy,
Diseases of Urbanisation,
Rare Tumours and Predisposing Conditions
These exhibitions will be on display sequentially, in the cabinets in Barnard Fuller.
For web versions go to Exhibitions »
Pathology Learning Centre transformed July 2011
Prof Fritha Langerman and a small team of students from Michaelis improved our environment one hundred times over with their work on the walls. (Sarah, Casey and Noel applying the mural).
Revamping of Pathology Learning Centre
The pathology museum in the JS Marais building was renamed the Pathology Learning Centre and was revamped in the course of 2011. Phase 1 was a new lantern roof over the courtyard which increased the area available for display of the specimen collection. Network points and computers now give direct access to the electronic catalogues.
Revamping of Pathology Learning Centre
Installation of the new lantern roof.
Pathology Learning Centre mini-exhibition
The first Pathology Learning Centre mini-exhibition was "When things go wrong" on the theme of congenital abnormalities. The physical exhibition was placed in the student recreation area of the Barnard Fuller building, with the idea of it being available to students during coffee breaks. We hope these mini-exhibitions will showcase what the Pathology Learning Centre has to offer. The online version can be found in Exhibitions