‘Electronic Nose’ that can sniff out cancer from patient’s breath

Scientists have successfully developed a breath test that can detect cancer with an “electronic nose”. The highly sophisticated device can detect even malignant head and neck cancer tumours, which are often hard to diagnose. The ‘Nano Artificial Nose’ or Na-Nose has been tested on a small sample group, but there are hopes it could one day be used as a routine test on the cancers.

The device is designed to pick up on microscopic chemical changes that are emitted in the breath of people with the two cancers, compared to those without the disease. It also distinguished between lung cancer patients and those free of the disease and between head and neck cancer and lung cancer patients. Read more…

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