Source: Virginia Tech News

Researchers have developed a noninvasive urine test for early detection of cancer in dogs. The test, utilizing Raman spectroscopy, identifies unique molecular fingerprints of cancerous urine samples with over 90% accuracy. Unlike blood tests, which are less accurate and expensive, this method provides rapid results at a lower cost and can potentially be conducted at home. The test may reduce the frequency of expensive testing for dog owners, allowing veterinarians to determine if further comprehensive testing is necessary based on the results.

In addition, the technology offers potential applications in monitoring response to therapy and evaluating tumor recurrence. The research team aims to extend the tool’s use to other animals and possibly human health studies. Collaboration with other institutions is underway to explore additional benefits, such as differentiating diseases and assessing drug responses. However, the test is still in the research phase and not yet available for public use.

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