Welcome to virtual microscopy at UCT. We provide a virtual microscopy service to all departments of UCT as well as to other institutions. We are located in the Pathology Learning Centre on the Health Sciences Campus.
Enquiries regarding use of the virtual microscope from both university members and those outside the university are welcome. There is no charge for academic use by UCT staff and students.
Rates for drug trials and other commercial research:
|Olympus VS120 Virtual Microscope|
|Instrument use||R3 / slide|
|Slide setup time||R150 / hour|
|Image post-processing||R150 /hour|
Please see our contact details.
What is virtual microscopy?
Virtual microscopy is a method of posting whole slide microscope images on, and transmitting them over, computer networks. This allows independent viewing of a microscope slide by large numbers of people in diverse locations. It involves a synthesis of microscopy and digital technologies. The use of virtual microscopes can transform traditional teaching methods by removing the need for physical space and equipment, to a model that utilises computer-internet access.