How handheld breathalysers could instantly diagnose cancer

Billy Boyle Full WIRED Health Talk, 2014.

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  • Smartphone-sized devices could test your breath for cancer within two years, explained Owlstone Nanotech cofounder and president Billy Boyle, speaking at WIRED Health.Owlstone, a spinout company from the University of Cambridge, was initially set up to develop handheld military sensors able to quickly detect toxic gases and chemicals in the field. It soon realised the software powering its chemical sensor microchip had major potential for the medical diagnostics field.Boyle explained that his company has already shrunk down the chemical-sensing technology of mass spectrometers that typically cost hundreds of thousands of pounds, to a tiny, cost-effective field asymmetric ion mobility spectrometry microchip with the potential to detect biomarkers specific to colon, lung cancer and much more.WIRED Health is a one-day summit designed to introduce, explain and predict the coming trends facing the medical and personal healthcare industries. This ambitious inaugural event was held on Tuesday April 29, at the new home of the Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square, London..
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Lung Cancer Breathalyser on Clinical Trial in 2 NHS Hospitals this Summer

A breathalyser that can diagnose lung cancer will be used in two NHS hospitals this summer as part of a £1m clinical trial

A “breathalyser” – invented by Billy Boyle who founded the LUCID project – that can diagnose lung cancer will be used in two NHS hospitals this summer as part of a £1m clinical trial. The goal is to save the NHS an estimated £245m – but more importantly to save 10,000 lives.

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Lung Cancer Breathalyser, detecting Symptoms early

A breathalyser that can diagnose lung cancer will be used in two NHS hospitals this summer as part of a £1m clinical trial

In this video published on 24 Jan 2014 by HudUniRepository channel, researchers at the University of Huddersfield were working on a breathalyser device that will be able to detect very early signs of lung cancer making a cure much more likely. In this video, Dr Airley talks about the project and why it will be pharmacists who administer the test that has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives.

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