Doctors will test a new machine capable of detecting cancer in two minutes with a simple BREATH test



Doctors will test a new machine capable of detecting cancer in two minutes with a simple BREATH test

  • New machine can detect cancer in just seven minutes using only a breath test
  • The test has an "electronic nose" that detects chemicals produced by cancer
  • Human trials will take place this fall in two NHS hospitals and two US hospitals
  • Experts say the tests work on nanoparticles and offer a high level of accuracy

A breathalyser detecting cancer in just seven minutes could be used within two years, at the start of clinical trials in Britain.

The test uses an "electronic nose" capable of detecting chemicals produced by cancers.

Human trials are scheduled to take place this fall in two NHS hospitals and two in the United States, involving hundreds of patients.

The device detects the chemicals produced by each cancer, called "volatile organic compounds", and could help detect cancer at a very early stage. A stock image is used above  [File photo]

The device detects the chemicals produced by each cancer, called "volatile organic compounds", and could help detect cancer at a very early stage. A stock image is used above [File photo]

Non-invasive tests, initially targeted at lung cancer, will allow patients to breathe through a mouthpiece for one minute, after which the analysis is transmitted to a supercomputer.

The device detects the chemicals produced by each cancer, called "volatile organic compounds", and could help detect cancer at a very early stage.

The tests offer a high level of precision by working at the level of "nanoparticles", experts say.

Ancon Medical, which is behind the technology, said the kits may be available within two years if the tests succeed.

Dr. Kenny Livingstone, of the GP Access Application, Zoomdoc, said the tests were "revolutionary" and "revolutionary for patients."

Noninvasive tests, which initially target lung cancer (a stock image is shown above), will see patients breathing through a mouthpiece for one minute, after which the scan is sent to a supercomputer.

Noninvasive tests, which initially target lung cancer (a stock image is shown above), will see patients breathing through a mouthpiece for one minute, after which the scan is sent to a supercomputer.

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