The Potential use of SIFT-MS as a breath diagnostic tool
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The measurement of volatile chemicals in human breath has recently emerged as a non-invasive technique with the potential for the early diagnosis of disease. A benefit of early diagnosis is that treatment plans including lifestyle changes can be implemented earlier, which will lead to improved patient outcomes. A novel gas analysis technique called selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) offers a more rapid breath analysis process without the need for calibration. The SIFT-MS technique is currently being investigated as to its potential to be used as a diagnostic tool for various diseases.