There are many applications within health screening which could use our designs of VOC analysers and electronic noses


RoboScientific is working with a number of research partners to explore the opportunities for using VOC analysis and e-noses to give quicker; lower-cost; and accurate diagnosis of a number of common diseases. It is expected that the adoption of our technology will eventually lead to more rapid interventions and better outcomes for the patients.


Detection of Bowel Cancer (Colorectal Cancer). Early studies by Arasaradnam and others have found that a comparison of the spectrum of volatile organic compounds in urine can be used to differentiate between patients with colorectal cancer and those without.


Diagnosing Tuberculosis Using Exhaled Breath Analysis. Tuberculosis (TB) is currently responsible for many deaths worldwide. There are around 8.6 million new cases, and about 1.3 million deaths from TB every year (World Health Organisation figures). Diagnosis is still mostly performed by trained technicians examining sputum samples in the laboratory.


Diagnosing Asthma By Exhaled Breath Analysis. Asthma affects a huge number of people worldwide, but often remains undiagnosed. Breath analysis points the way to a rapid, non-invasive method of diagnosis.


The oesophagus or gullet carries food from the mouth to the stomach. Glands in the wall of the oesophagus produce mucus to help food to slide down more easily and it is the cells of these glands that become cancerous in adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus. The area containing the oesophagus also contains lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are often the first place that cancer cells spread to when they break away from a tumour so they are often removed by surgery and inspected in the laboratory. This is the main test for cancer of the oesophagus but early indications suggest that the onset of this cancer can be revealed by the release of specific VOCs. Work continues on this novel application,