Season 11 Innovators

Profile of

Sarah Aboerjaib

Product
Fractured Bone Optical Scanner
Country
Kuwait

About

A natural-born leader, Sarah prides herself in her ability to communicate and connect with the people around her. She likes amusing her family and loves watching psychological thrillers with her siblings - even though she gets scared easily!

A graduate from Kuwait University’s Electrical Engineering program, she wielded her expertise and skills as a versatile contract engineer at Kuwait National Petroleum Company, as comfortable dealing with finance as she is with engineering. “I always took a liking to this kind of career. After all, it encompasses leadership with science and tests all my abilities every day.”

She recognises the importance of her role as a woman in the field is just as important, especially to the girls around her. “There are a lot of Arab women in the worlds of science and innovation that focus solely on their personal lives or their scientific knowledge alone. I would tell all of them that you can do both. You don’t have to choose!”

The one constant in her life is her willingness to help the people around her, especially if it involves using her scientific acumen to look after their health. Her engineering expertise enabled her to gather a team, collaborate with to develop her senior bachelor’s project focusing on the biomedical field, and bring it to Stars of Science Season 12!

About the Project 

Detecting a bone fracture in the field can be a difficult process. Proper diagnosis requires a scheduled appointment at a local clinic, which would expose the patient to potentially harmful X-ray radiation. 

TheFracture Bone Optical Scanner, invented by Sarah and her team, would streamline the process to determine the need of possible medical care. The machine is a handheld device that uses near-infrared rays to detect bone fractures or abnormalities in the body, analysing reactions of emitted photons that harmlessly travel through the skin and displaying results on a portable screen.

The procedure requires little to no preparation, as the device itself is easy to use. Designed as an indicative fracture detection system, the Kuwaiti innovator says anyone at home or qualified doctors can conduct a quick screening and recommend appropriate care quickly. 

Impact

The scanner could have immediate applications in homes and schools, as children can receive instant answers to medical care requirements or not in the case of unfortunate accidents. Sarah understands that her device could save parents a lot of time, money, and decision stress, as proper care can be administered only when adequate.

If perfected, it would be the first device of its kind on the market, filling a crucial need with unmatched practicality.