Scentech: New Instant COVID-19 Breath Test 98% Precise

Scentech Medical specializes in Breath Test Diagnostics. It has been established on the infrastructure of several successful experiments over the last decade, including clinical trials, for the detection of infectious diseases, cancers, and other illnesses by a straightforward test of the patient’s breath sampl

Startup Scentech Medical says its instant coronavirus breath test works, based on initial findings in recent trials, obtaining an accuracy level of 98 percent, similar to that of the standard PCR swab test.

According to the company, the device, using its so-called breath technology — a mix of software and hardware — manages to differentiate with high accuracy between positive, negative, and those with COVID-19 antibodies.

Scentech is preparing to submit an approval request from the FDA, which requires 91 percent accuracy, at least, for COVID-19 tests.

The current test for coronavirus requires a nasal swab to collect mucus and saliva, which is then tested to confirm infection, if present. If swabs are not collected properly, for example by insufficiently trained staff, this can significantly affect the number of false negatives.

Scentech’s non-invasive process uses gas chromatography, a lab technique to separate and analyze compounds in gases; mass spectrometry, a technique used to determine the elemental signatures of particles and molecules; and a ReCIVA breath collecting device.

Before COVID-19, Scentech was developing the technology to try to identify cancer and infectious diseases via breath analysis — searching for their biomarkers in the thousands of different gases present in each exhalation, according to Dr. Udi Cantor, a general and urological surgeon who is the medical director of the coronavirus study.

These techniques can analyze the some 8,000 volatile organic compounds present within each breath, which play an active part in eliminating body waste, in a similar way to urine, sweat or stool, Cantor said.

Many of these gases have a known signature, he said, but there are still many of them that are unknown. The idea is to use an analytical elimination process to separate the known from the unknown compounds and then narrow the process down to find the elusive coronavirus biomarker.

“It’s a breath test that’s really going to change the world of diagnostics in general, and the world of COVID-19 in particular,” Scentech’s Dr. Rom Eliaz told Channel 13 news in June 2020, during the early stages of the trial.

“As soon as we can check a patient in 10 seconds and verify whether they are sick, all the borders can be opened,” Eliaz said. “It means the world can return to normal. And with that, the opening of everything else — stadiums, concert halls, restaurants. The whole world can open.”

The breath technology will help identify those infected even before symptoms are present, thus helping to halt the spread of the virus, the company hopes.

Source: Times of Israel, photos: Scentech Medical

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.