'Electronic nose' detects Barrett's oesophagus

Study shows 'promising approach' using breath analysis

An electronic nose has been found to accurately detect Barrett's oesophagus, by analysing a patient's breath, Dutch researchers say. 

The electronic nose device. Photo: The eNose company

According to a proof-of-concept study in Gut, 402 adults who were scheduled to have an endoscopy instead were asked to breathe into a highly sensitive "electronic nose" for five minutes.