Improving Breath Analysis with Artificial Noses

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The Project

Improved medical diagnostics through breath analysis with the use of an artificial nose
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Many lung diseases have non-specific attributes or overlapping symptoms which can create delays in treatment. For example, with Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) both diseases include chronic coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. However, these are both very different conditions and need to be treated differently. For more accurate results, available monitoring methods would need to be added, such as a chest x-ray or biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and arrange suitable treatment. Some methods, however, can be time-consuming and tend to be expensive.


To develop a convenient and inexpensive way to diagnose a broad range of diseases based on breath analysis, with the potential to detect the early stages of cancer. The proposed project will be presented as an ‘electronic nose’ device that can assist healthcare professionals in analysing any early signs of diseases in patients, from only exhaled breath.

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