January 17, 2017 1240 GMT
Scientist Hossam Haick has been working on his ‘electronic nose’ for years, the Outline reported, and this new study shows the impressive things it can do, foxnews.com wrote.
According to Smithsonian Magazine, scientists used the device to sample the breaths of more than 1,400 people and found it could diagnose 17 different diseases — Parkinson's, lung cancer, kidney failure, MS, Crohn's disease, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer, just to name a few — with 86 percent accuracy.
Haick's device works by using artificially intelligent nanoarrays to ‘smell’ a person's breath and identify volatile organic compounds at a molecular level.
Thirteen of these compounds, in various amounts and combinations, create a unique ‘breathprint’ for diseases.
The 86 percent success rate is still too low for what Haick calls the Na-Nose to be used in the real world, Engadget reported..
But scientists believe in a number of years it could be cheap and easy enough for people to use at home.
Because of that, people who aren't even showing symptoms could be screened, leading to very early detection and more successful treatment.
For example, Haick said the Na-Nose could be used to increase lung cancer survival rates from 10 percent to 70 percent just through early diagnosis.