Detecting gastric and colorectal cancer from exhaled breath.

The objectives of the project is the development and validation of a novel, non-invasive, easy to use and low-cost tool for screening, early detection of gastric and colorectal cancer and the related premalignant lesions in individualized patient care. The project consortium is bringing together the leading expert centres in the field of nanotechnologies in breath analysis to clinical, laboratory and epidemiology experts.

Volgacore receives funding through the Euronanomed II program.

the Volgacore breath analyzer platform hase 12 cross-reactive resistive gold nanoparticle (GNP) sensors and direct breath sampling unit was developed. Additional sensors within the breath monitoring unit determine the exhalation flow in real-time and enable to capture relevant parts of the exhaled breath to allow for a more accurate transfer of sample to the sensors as well as selective sampling of different portions of the pulmonary volume. The GNP sensor signals were analysed by pattern recognition methods and linked to an online database for additional information about the health status of the patients.

The clinical software versions includes an interface for patient data, and simple control functions visible to the clinical user. Advanced configuration features are hidden from the regular user.