Ugandan Students Win Award For Pregnancy Scan Machine

Posted May 15, 2012 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Featured ~ 3,820 views



Three students of Makerere University of Uganda have invented a pregnancy scan machine that has already won an award, Ventures Africa has reported.

Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello and Josiah Kavuma, all sophomores of the University’s College of Computing and Information Technology (CIT), invented WinSenga, a hand-held device that can scan a pregnant woman’s womb to monitor baby movements and detect ectopic pregnancy or abnormal fetal heart beats.

WinSenga is made of a traditional funnel-like pinard horn which midwives and gynecologists typically use to listen to fetal sounds. The horn is connected to a smart phone by an external microphone which is strategically placed at the flat end of the horn. According to information available on Makerere’s website, the phone contains an application that has a sound recording module and sound analysis module which will produce a report detailing the position of the baby during the different trimesters, the age of the baby and the fetal heart rate. When the horn is pressed on the abdomen, the phone screen displays data on the condition and location of the fetus.

Speaking about the invention to Ugandan newspaper New Vision, one of the inventors, Aaron Tushabe, said they conceived the idea of inventing the device after visiting the antenatal department at a local hospital.

“When you go to our hospitals, you find the midwife using the traditional pinard to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. But they might not always hear anything or get enough details about the baby. We thought we could aid doctors to give the best services,” he said.

“With this device, you can know how old the fetus is, whether it is underweight, its position and breathing pattern. Then decide on what precaution to take or the treatment to give,” said Tushabe. “You can access the information anytime you log on because once you are done with diagnosis, it records automatically.”

The three partners invented the WinSenga as an entry for the 2012 Microsoft East and Southern Africa Imagine Cup competition. It took the top position. WinSenga will go on to compete in the Imagine Cup Worldwide finals to be held in Sydney, Australia in July.

Whether or not the Winsenga wins the international competition, its founders intend to make the invention commercially available after July. According to Tushabe, the device will retail at $3,000 apiece.

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