The use of digital imaging is the way of the future for teaching and research at Higher Education Institutions. The development of online curricula in the medical and health sciences are strongly dependent on imaging and digital data; furthermore, many researchers prefer using digital images when compared to other data sources due to ease of accessibility, large sample size and it’s non-destructive nature. This project is the first of its kind to amalgamate a large digital archive of microfocus scanning (Micro-XCT), Lodox Statscan, and CBCT scans from known deceased South African and comparative specimens and to make them internationally accessible. The development of peer-reviewed standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for the long term storage of this material and its ethical use offers a level of quality assurance that will contribute to capacity building of academic resources. Digital images are also available from many of our partner's hospitals and clinics, which for ethical reasons will not be placed on the digital imaging resource, but international partners will be able to access these scans with the use of the SOPs developed during this project.
The Bakeng se Afrika project is the first project of its kind in South Africa and draws together the expertise of three national higher education institutions, three international higher education institutions and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) to create a valuable national asset.