Electronic Nose to Detect Lung Cancer, Research Suggests

lung | Lung CancerResearch work and studies are continuously being done in the arena of lung cancer. Scientists and researchers continue to experiment new and effective ways to detect it at an early stage so that the right treatment methods can be followed. The latest research done by a researcher at the University of Twente has developed an electronic nose to detect lung cancer. It is able to distinguish between those who have lung cancer and those who do not have. It is capable of smelling with 94% accuracy, according to the press release by the university.

Sharina Korr is a lung cancer specialist in training at MSD and has earned a PhD from the University of Twente based on her research into this topic. She has been researching for years on the potential for diagnosis of lung cancer on the basis of breath analysis. An E-nose is trained to distinguish between the people with and without lung cancer. This nose has been trained at four hospitals among 376 people. “We subsequently confirmed this in a new group of 199 people,” Sharina adds. “If the nose indicates that no lung cancer is present, we can say with 94% certainty that the person doesn’t have lung cancer.”

The test with an electronic nose is quicker and cheaper way of detecting this deadly disease as compared to other current tests available. The next step is to determine what stage in the testing process is the best time to use the electronic nose so it provides the most benefits to the patient,” Sharina says. “That needs to be the subject of further research.” The research is in its initial stage and a follow-up study will examine where it can be used in the research process.

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