14th October 2011
Exhaled breath analysis can provide extremely useful information related to the origin of our bad breath, but most importantly, it can give us vital information related to our overall health.
Our breath contains volatile organic compounds which are essentially produced within our system: for instance, the mouth or the gut. If this could be analysed successfully, a revolutionary approach to diagnosing certain conditons or diseases could potentially lead to huge advances in medicine.
However, mass spectrometry data needs to be simplified so that end users can understand its significance. At the moment, scientists are focusing on finding ways to simplify the complex and vast amount of data provided by exhaled breath tests, in a way that allows for decision making and diagnosis.
Here is an extract from an article published in the Journal of Breath Research, earlier this year:
"As the headspace of the blood, our exhaled breath contains a vast array of substances and molecules that hold great promise for monitoring our health and for the diagnosis and management of various lung and systemic diseases.
With recent advances in technology, essentially anything in the blood that is potentially volatile or has a volatile metabolite can be measured in exhaled breath. This includes substances we produce endogenously as part of our normal (or disease-related) metabolism whether this is local in the lung or systemic in origin […]" Click on the following link to read more
"The great challenge for exhaled breath analysis: embracing complexity, delivering simplicity", Raed A Dweik, Journal of Breath Research, 5 (2011) 030201
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