The UCT Department of Pathology holds an extraordinary collection of teaching specimens that have been accumulated over more than 80 years. These specimens are derived from surgical procedures or autopsies performed at Cape Town teaching hospitals. The collection has been digitised to provide a learning resource for health science students everywhere, but it is especially relevant for those studying at institutions in Africa.

The specimens can be viewed virtually via this website - note that we are still building the image banks, and specimen descriptions are being continuously reviewed and updated. To browse, select the appropriate catalogue from the menu above. There is also a global search option.

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.

Our websites:


   www.digitalpathology.uct.ac.za   [ you are here ]