Reed switches and Reed sensors in Spirometers
A Lung function test or Pulmonary Function test, PFT for short, is a system to evaluate the respiration system of a patient. It uses a Spirometer to check how much air a person’s lungs can hold, how quickly he or she can move air in and out of the lungs, or how well the lungs add oxygen to the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the blood. The result of these tests help rule out lung diseases such as Bronchitis or Asthma.
A PFT equipment consists of a Spirometer, and generates a graph called a Spirogram. This shows a graphical plot of the flow of air going in and coming out of the lungs. The patient is given a tube, and told to take air into the lungs fully, and exhale by blowing into the tube for as long as possible. This volume and speed of air intake is then translated to lung function. The results of the graph are left to the interpretation of the Doctor after taking into account the body type, age and gender of the patient.
Reed Switches help measure the volume of intake and the time. The Spirometer’s spindle consists of multi-pole magnet and an reed switch which counts the number of pulses or rotations taken by the spindle. The pulses generated are used by the PFT’s controller to generate the graph and assess the patients lung capacity and functionality.
The Reed Switches and Sensors used in such applications need to be robust, durable and efficient in meeting a high life expectancy. Our engineers work hard in life testing our products under various conditions, and we want to ensure that the the end product has a long working life. Although we wouldn’t want to restrict our products for use in only certain applications, the recommended products for use in Spirometers are listed below.
UM-0018-M Ultra Miniature Reed Switch
|Features 5.0 mm Glass length. Ruthenium contact. Normally Open. Inert gas filled. 4 types...Continue reading|
UM-0018-H Ultra Miniature Reed Switch
|Features 7.0 mm Glass length. Ruthenium contact. Normally Open. Inert gas filled. 4 types...Continue reading|