Research Facilities


Cape Universities Body Imaging Centre (CUBIC-UCT) is a national imaging facility established through collaboration between the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, the Medical Research Council and Siemens.
CUBIC-UCT, one of the Faculty of Health Sciences’ core research facilities, is situated adjacent to the Psychiatry block at Groote Schuur Hospital. 

The main purpose of the facility is to advance our understanding of diseases specifically relevant to South Africa and Africa in order to improve healthcare management in South Africa.

Africa’s first full body high-field Magnetic Resonance Imagine (MRI) scanner

This state-of-the-art scanner is able to non-invasively assess the structure, function, metabolism, and integrity of tissues, facilitating diagnosis and enabling studies of disease progression and prognosis.

The facility also has a mock scanner room where the experience and sounds of the MRI sequences are recreated, to prepare subjects for the scanning procedure. This is especially useful in research with children.

As a cutting-edge neuroimaging research facility, the unit includes a conference room and will host a variety of hands-on courses and seminars aimed at MRI radiographers, radiologists, and other interested parties.

Although the core focus of the centre is research, it also provides a limited clinical service.

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The first research full-body high-field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner in Africa was delivered to CUBIC-UCT on 14 February 2015. Read more

The 3 Tesla Siemens Skyra which is valued at R24 million is the end product of four years of fundraising by a multi-disciplinary team headed up by Professors Bongani Mayosi and Ernesta Meintjes.

The funds were secured from the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), the National Research Foundation (NRF), and the Cancer Research Trust (CRT).