Nonin Medical has announced that it will be demonstrating the world’s smallest regional oximetry system and the first Apple iPhone/iPod-enabled oximeter at MEDICA in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Regional oximetry (rSO2) is a monitoring tool that continuously detects the oxygen saturation status in the brain and tissue beneath the sensor noninvasively.

It is typically used in intensive care environments.

The regional oximetry system consists of Nonin’s SenSmart Universal Oximetry signal processor with an embedded battery and Bluetooth Smart wireless technology. This technology allows the oximetry system to connect to any monitor utilizing Bluetooth Smart. It also plugs into Nonin sensors for both regional oximetry and pulse oximetry interchangeably. It will be demonstrated with connectivity to an iPad.

The iPhone/iPod-enabled oximeter is a sleeve that fits fourth generation iPhones and iPods and contains an embedded Nonin SenSmart Regional Oximetry sensor. Once attached to a site of interest–such as a forehead–it displays measurements both numerically and graphically on the screen of the Apple device used. Its software allows for the data to be reviewed, saved or sent.

Nonin Medical’s Chief Technology Officer explains, “When Nonin invented the first fingertip and wireless fingertip pulse oximeters, we enabled pulse oximetry monitoring to expand beyond clinician use and hospital settings in convenient, affordable ways.  Similarly, we anticipate that these investigative technologies — because of their compact size, portability and connectivity — could bring more convenience, value, functionality and choice to the marketplace.”

The technologies are still investigational and there is no timetable set for commercialization.

Source: PR Newswire