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About the specimens

The pathology museum housed at University of Otago, Wellington has over 1000 specimens in the collection. Almost all of those specimens are now available on this website.

The specimens were created using a series of photographs taken while the physical specimen was rotating on the turntable. They were then processed using software to create an interactive digital reproduction of the specimen.

The specimens are presented with a description and for many specimens, a history. Extra information is also contained within "hotspots" on the some of the rotational specimens.

How to use the specimens

All the specimens can be controlled in up to three different ways.

  1. On-screen buttons - These buttons are near the bottom of the specimen
  2. Mouse
  3. Touch - For touch enabled devices
Control Mouse Touch
Rotate Image Drag left/right Drag left/right
Zoom Mouse-wheel Pinch in/out
Auto-rotate (start/stop) Single click Single Tap
Use hotspot label Hover Tap
Opening microscopic image/topview Click Tap


Some specimens have additional information contained within - these are "hotspots", marked with the following icons.

"Hotspotted" specimens are marked with a darker gallery image and the corresponding icon on the thumbnail

Most hotspots can be found on/near the front-most facing image of the specimen

Icon Legend
Hotspot label
Microscopic Image
Top Specimen View
Extra image
  • The "Hotspot label" icon is a label briefly describing a point on the specimen
  • The "Microscopic image" icon shows, when clicked, a microscopic image relating the the specimen, with a description
  • The "Topview" icon shows, when clicked, an image of the top of the specimen
  • The "Extra" icon shows, when clicked, an additional image (such as a radiograph)