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Urine odor analyzer might better diagnose bladder cancer

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 7:29am
Mass Device

U.K. researchers say their OdorReader urine odor analyzer can detect bladder cancer earlier and at a lower cost.

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Inspired by studies demonstrating canine abilities to sniff out cancerous biomarkers, a team of U.K. researchers developed a scent-analysis device that they say can diagnose early signs of bladder cancer.

In a test of nearly 100 urine samples, the device, called OdorReader, was 100% accurate in distinguishing which samples came from cancer patients, researchers said. As an added bonus, the system delivers its diagnosis in just 30 minutes, according to a press release.

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