Breathotron-- a Machine That can Smell If You Have Cancer

by Trilok Kapur on  February 22, 2010 at 8:44 AM Cancer News   - G J E 4
 Breathotron-- a Machine That can Smell If You Have Cancer
British scientists have invented a machine, the Breathotron, which can "smell" cancer.

Brainchild of academics at Cranfield University in Bedfordshire, the Breathotron detects chemical changes in a patient's breath, which doctors say could show they have a tumor and give an earlier diagnosis than is possible now, reports The Mirror.

Professor Hugh Barr, who is leading the research, said: "This is a very exciting development which could dramatically influence the way cancer is diagnosed in years to come.

"Instead of using our eyes, the Breathotron allows us to use an '­enhanced nose' to try to sniff out the early stages of cancer."

The invention follows medical research papers that concluded that cancer cells give off an odor.

Source: ANI

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