Introduction: The early determination of serious pathologies has so far beenan important issue in both the medical and social fields. The search for aninstrument able to detect cancers has led to the consideration of the usageof chemicals of the human body, which carry, through its volatile compounds,information coming from or related to defined pathologies.Areas covered: The electronic nose (EN) seems to represent a good solutionfor the detection of cancers of different types. Recent results showed the utilityof an EN to smell chemicals related to lung, melanoma, prostatic, breastand pancreatic cancers. The results obtainable from ENs are chemical imagesand, as it will be shown in this paper, the probability of cancer recognitionis rather high. Main results obtained at international level and by the authorsof this paper will be commented upon.Expert opinion: A personal opinion is given trying to foresee future developmentsof the olfaction strategy. To this purpose, two main aspects are considered:looking for better overall stability of the EN and for a new use of ENs indetecting alterations between blood and pathology components.

Detection and identification of cancers by the electronic nose

Pennazza G;Santonico M;
2012-01-01

Abstract

Introduction: The early determination of serious pathologies has so far beenan important issue in both the medical and social fields. The search for aninstrument able to detect cancers has led to the consideration of the usageof chemicals of the human body, which carry, through its volatile compounds,information coming from or related to defined pathologies.Areas covered: The electronic nose (EN) seems to represent a good solutionfor the detection of cancers of different types. Recent results showed the utilityof an EN to smell chemicals related to lung, melanoma, prostatic, breastand pancreatic cancers. The results obtainable from ENs are chemical imagesand, as it will be shown in this paper, the probability of cancer recognitionis rather high. Main results obtained at international level and by the authorsof this paper will be commented upon.Expert opinion: A personal opinion is given trying to foresee future developmentsof the olfaction strategy. To this purpose, two main aspects are considered:looking for better overall stability of the EN and for a new use of ENs indetecting alterations between blood and pathology components.
Cancer, Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, Electronic nose, Exhaled breath, Lung cancer, Non invasive diagnosis, Sensor array, Volatile fingerprint
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