Patent 5099842 Issued on March 31, 1992. Estimated Expiration Date: April 4, 2010. Estimated Expiration Date is calculated based on simple USPTO term provisions. It does not account for terminal disclaimers, term adjustments, failure to pay maintenance fees, or other factors which might affect the term of a patent.
A fetal pulse oximetry probe has clusters of light-transmissive bumps over the light source and the light detector on the surface of the probe. The probe is usually attached to the fetus' head. The clusters part the fetal hair and penetrate other light-attenuating organic materials on the head. The clusters thus transmit a more intense light signal. To reduce the amount of signal shunting between them, the clusters also may be separated by additional opaque (light-shielding) bumps.