Soon, docs’ phones too can sniff out diseases


London: Coming soon: An “electronic nose” application for smart phones which could help doctors diagnose an illness by analysing a person’s breath, say scientists.

    A team at the California Institute of Technology, led by chemistry professor Nate Lewis, is trialling the technology what they call “sensory vapour technology” which could detect odours like the human nose.

    The aim is to manufacture a smart phone attachment that works when used in conjunction with an “electronic nose app”, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. Scientists hope their research will result in an affordable, easy-to-carry detection system, ideally an advanced smart phone application. Team member Heather McCaig said: “A doctor could carry around their smart phone and have patients breathe into a little attachment and be able to tell they have a communicable disease like tuberculosis. You wouldn’t need to send samples off to a lab, you would immediately be able to start treatment.”