Dutch scientists have developed an ‘electronic nose’ which can smell within five minutes if anyone has asthma, the reports on Tuesday.
The paper says the system has been four years in growth at the University of Amsterdam’s AMC teaching hospital and claims 90% accuracy.
The ‘e-nose’ recognizes the molecular make up of exhaled breath and can also differentiate between asthma and lung disease COPD.
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The Researcher Niki Fens said, the paper the equipment is cheaper, smaller and easier to use than traditional machinery used to identify lung problems.
The researchers also hope the e-nose can be used to classify asthma in young children.
E-noses are already in use to recognize other diseases and infections and are used in the food industry as well.