Noninvasive early disease diagnosis by electronic-nose and related VOC-detection devices


This editorial provides an overview and summary of recent research articles published in Biosensors journal, volumes 9 (2019) and 10 (2020), within the Special Issue “Noninvasive Early Disease Diagnosis”, which focused on recent sensors, biosensors, and clinical instruments developed for the noninvasive early detection and diagnosis of human, animal, and plant diseases or invasive pests. The six research articles included in this Special Issue provide examples of some of the latest electronic-nose (e-nose) and related volatile organic compound (VOC)-detection technologies, which are being tested and developed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of innovative diagnostic methodologies for the early detection of particular diseases and pest infestations in living hosts, prior to symptom development.

  • Citation: Wilson, A.D. 2020. Noninvasive early disease diagnosis by electronic-nose and related VOC-detection devices. Biosensors 10, 73. (6 pp.)
  • Keywords: early disease detection, clinical pathology, electronic nose, disease diagnostics, point-of-care testing, chemical sensors, disease biomarkers, metabolomics, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), White-nose Syndrome, Emerald ash borer
  • Posted Date: July 13, 2020
  • Modified Date: July 15, 2020
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