All those involved in medical oxygen monitoring technology could be looking forward to a major breakthrough, according to Hummingbird Sensing Technology.

The company has introduced the new Paracube® Sprint, which is describes as a ‘major breakthrough’.

Fast, reliable and ultra-compact in design, the Paracube® Sprint is the world’s smallest fast response Paramagnetic oxygen sensor, measuring just 43.3mm(l) x 30mm(w) x 33.5mm(h) in size.

The Sprint has been developed by Hummingbird to address the form factor issues that affect the design of end-user medical equipment.

Using leading-edge manufacturing techniques, Hummingbird has been able to transfer the exceptional benefits of paramagnetic oxygen sensing into an ultra-compact housing, immediately solving the considerable problems medical manufacturers face in integrating reliable sensing technology into limited space.

According to the company, the ‘remarkable sensor’ that is the Sprint represents a ‘major achievement’.

“A sensor as advanced as the Paracube® Sprint would have been impossible to manufacture five years ago,” said Martin Cox, Business Unit Manager for Hummingbird Sensing Technology.

“That Hummingbird’s world-leading design team has been able to take advantage of separate advances in material science, optics and electronics to create this remarkable sensor is a major achievement, and one which will be of immediate benefit to medical manufacturers around the world.”

By delivering a full measurement range of 0-100% O2, the Sprint offers industry-leading levels of linearity, accuracy and reliability. Fast enough to reconstruct and monitor expired oxygen, enabling clinical decisions to be taken, the Sprint is suitable for all breath-by-breath applications.

This fast and reliable response, combined with its performance and compact size, makes the Sprint the ideal oxygen sensor for usage in anaesthesia, pulmonary function testing and other life critical healthcare applications.