A breathtaking new medical innovation could see the possibility of testing for diseases to be as simple as doing a breath test thanks to a new laser analyzer. It's called a cavity-enhanced direct optical frequency comb spectroscopy, a complicated name that surely makes up for its hypothetical ease of use.
Patients simply breathe into the device, and every molecule in the sample is assessed by mirrors which bounce a laser beam around, testing each molecule in that puff of air. The device then analyzes the sample in search of illnesses like cancer, asthma, diabetes and kidney malfunction.
"This technique can give a broad picture of many different molecules in the breath all at once," said Jun Ye of the University of Colorado research discovery.
"To date, researchers have identified over 1,000 different compounds contained in human breath," the team wrote in a report in the Optics Express journal.
Laser Analysis Finds Cancer, Diabetes, Asthma & More
1. Breath Analysis for Disease Detection - Advancements in laser technology enable detection of multiple diseases through breath analysis.
2. Non-invasive Medical Testing - The ease of use and non-invasive nature of laser breath analysis provides a disruptive innovation opportunity for the medical industry.
3. Multimodal Disease Diagnosis - The ability of combining laser breath analysis with other diagnostic tools presents a trend for multimodal medical diagnosis.
1. Medical - The medical industry could utilize laser breath analyzers as a non-invasive diagnosis tool.
2. Technology - Advancements in laser technology can drive innovation in the healthcare and medical industry.
3. Pharmaceutical - Pharmaceutical companies can use laser breath analysis to conduct non-invasive drug trials and monitoring of drug efficacy.