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Critical Reviews™ in Biomedical Engineering
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ISSN Imprimir: 0278-940X
ISSN En Línea: 1943-619X

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Critical Reviews™ in Biomedical Engineering

DOI: 10.1615/CritRevBiomedEng.v28.i34.210
pages 481-485

Biomedical Application of an Electronic Nose

Alessandro Mantini
Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Via di Tor Vergata n. 110, 00133 Rome, Italy
Corrado Di Natale
Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Via di Tor Vergata n. 110, 00133 Rome, Italy
Antonella Macagnano
Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Via di Tor Vergata n. 110, 00133 Rome, Italy
Roberto Paolesse
Department of Chemical Science and Technology, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Via di Tor Vergata n. 110, 00133 Rome, Italy
Alessandro Finazzi-Agro
Department of Experimental Medicine and Biochemical Sciences, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Via di Tor Vergata n. 110, 00133 Rome, Italy
Amaldo D'Amico
Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Via di Tor Vergata n. 110, 00133 Rome, Italy

SINOPSIS

The analysis of volatiles secreted outside the human body to get information on the health status of the individuals has been proposed several times in the past. This kind of analysis is complex both from the point of view of sample collection and data interpretation when, for instance, gas chromatography is utilized. In the recent years the advent of chemical sensors and chemical sensors systems (the so-called electronic noses) opened the way to the possibility of fast and simple analysis of odors in many fields, and, recently, among them, in medicine.
In this paper some examples of these applications are illustrated. The results, although preliminary, encourage in pursuing these researches that can give rise to a better comprehension of the role of smell and odor in humans and, possibly in the near future, in novel diagnostic tools.