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May 13, 2006

Breath Of Life: A New Diagnostic Technique

Topics: Medicine

Imagine - simply breathing into a machine to find out if you have renal disease, cystic fibrosis, asthma, and maybe other diseases as well.

A new breath analysis machine is going on trial in a clinical environment for the first time, and uses a revolutionary technique known as SIFT-MS, which works by measuring trace gases or metabolites present in the breath.

Good idea - and the concept has already been applied successfully in lung cancer with a sensitivity of 90% and a specificity of 83%.

But the machine really isn't all that special, after all - even a dog can do it.

Posted by Richard at May 13, 2006 11:48 AM

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