Upgraded Micro-CT Scanner to advance research
- Wits University
Advanced 3D imaging technology allows for fossil-bearing rocks to be examined non-invasively and saves time and resources.
The revamped state-of-the-art Micro CT scanner equipped with advanced 3D imaging technology, was unveiled in the Evolutionary Studies Institute on 29 November.
The scanner allows scientists to examine the interior of fossil-bearing rock samples non-invasively. This approach not only preserves the integrity of invaluable fossils but also streamlines the research process significantly.
The Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor Nithaya Chetty, announced that the upgrading of the scanner was made possible through a bequest from the late Joan Campkin, a Wits alumna who completed her BSc in 1953. “We are greatly appreciative of the enhancements that we have been able to make to the facility, which would not have been possible without the generous donation from Ms Joan Campkin,” said Chetty. “The Faculty of Science shall forever honour her memory.”
Chetty expanded on the vision for the Faculty, as a centre of research excellence and innovation, which presented an opportunity for further collaboration across institutions, sectors, and geographic boundaries. “The combination of academic prowess and practical application epitomises Wits University's forward-thinking approach,” said Chetty. “For example, images can be shared in an open science environment, thus enhancing international collaboration.”
The new facility greatly enhances postgraduate research capacity and shortens the time that it takes for students to conduct comprehensive studies. Researchers and students can now scan, compile, and analyse their research materials in-house, which saves considerable time and is crucial for fostering the skills and expertise of the next generation of scientists.
The launch of this facility bears testament to Wits University's commitment to scientific excellence and its contribution to global knowledge. “This is a significant step-up in our research, teaching, and training capabilities,” concluded Chetty.