London: Clinicians can now predict more accurately patients who suffer from the side-effects of radiotherapy, thanks to a pilot study which might help identify those at higher risk.The study outlined the use of a new technology called FAIMS (Field Asymmetric Ion Mobility Spectrometry).Gastrointestinal side-effects are commonplace in radiotherapy patients and occasionally severe, yet there is no existing means of predicting which patients will suffer from them, the journal Sensors reports.Ramesh Arasaradnam, study co-author from Warwick Medical School and gastroenterologist at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, said: "By using this technology we can analyse stool samples and sniff out the chemicals that are produced by these microflora to better predict the risk of side-effects.""In essence, we will be able to predict those who are likely to develop severe gut-related side-effects by the pattern of gut fermentation that is altered as a result of radiotherapy," he said.
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