A pilot trial has shown electronic noses may be employed to detect prostate cancer. Matching the accuracy of standard blood tests, the ChemPro 100 tests the air above urine samples, proving a sensitivity of 78% in recent tests. A cluster of sensors inside the eNose respond to the distinctive “smell print” of an odour. Reports in the eighties of dogs detecting owners’ prostate cancer serve as a precursor to the technology now used within the food industry, in agriculture and the military.
This story was originally found in the British newspaper The Independent w/c 28/03. Not available online. Story also reported on the following BBC news site: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-26472225