Lung Particle Collector
Breath Explor is a sampling device which collects aerosol particles in breath through impaction. The samples, which can be prepared manually or through robot automation, are analysed using highly sensitive LC-MS technologies.
Exhaled breath contains both volatile and non-volatile components. Aerosol particles containing surfactant from the lung carry the non-volatile components. These particles can be selectively collected using Breath Explor. Breath Explor provides A, B and C sampling through three individual collectors inside the sampling device. Tests have shown that each collector captures more than five times the quantity of surfactant compared to previously known breath sampling techniques. In total, Breath Explor captures more than 15 times as much surfactant in one sampling than comparable techniques.
Breath Explor sample preparation is fast and simple. The amount of liquid required for preparing one collector (i.e., one sample), is less than one third of the amount needed for previously known laboratory procedures. This means substantial savings in terms of both cost and time. Samples from the Breath Explor Sampling Device can be prepared by a collaborative robot (a cobot) – for more information, please see below.
Breath sampling is convenient for both donors and sampling officers. A breath sample is non-invasive in nature, as opposed to blood or urine samples. Furthermore, exhaled breath is always readily accessible. Thanks to the simple sampling with Breath Explor, a sampling officer can expect to collect around ten samples per hour. To support sampling, we have developed an instructive app which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. For written instructions on the breath manoeuvre used for Breath Explor, please click here.
This product is patented in Sweden, and patent pending internationally.