Exhaled nitric oxide measurements: correction equation to compare hand-held device to stationary analyzer

Respir Med. 2008 Sep;102(9):1272-5. doi: 10.1016/j.rmed.2008.04.006. Epub 2008 Jun 30.


Introduction: Exhaled nitric oxide (FE(NO)) is a reliable non-invasive marker of airway inflammation. In 2003 FE(NO) chemiluminescence analyzer (NIOX; Aerocrine AB, Solna, Sweden) was approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for monitoring asthma therapy. Recently, the same company developed a portable device using electrochemical sensors (NIOX-MINO; Aerocrine AB). The aim of our study was to compare NIOX-MINO FE(NO) values to those obtained by NIOX and to calculate a correction equation.

Methods: Two adequate measurements obtained by NIOX and NIOX-MINO were recorded in 32 subjects (16 females, mean age 41 years).

Results: FE(NO) values measured by NIOX-MINO were systematically higher than those obtained by NIOX (47.1ppb, IC 95% 35.2-59.1 and 36.9ppb, IC 95% 25.0-49.0, respectively). There was a significant correlation (r=0.998, p<0.001) between FE(NO) measured by the two analyzers and the following conversion equation was calculated as: FE(NO(NIOX))=-1.656(SE=0.61)+0.808(SE=0.009)x FE(NO(NIOX-MINO)) DISCUSSION: FE(NO) values measured by the portable nitric oxide analyzer are reliable and strongly correlated with values obtained by the standard stationary device, with a systematic difference observed between the two instruments' values that can be described by the conversion equation we provided. This equation will help clinicians and researchers to compare data obtainable by the two analyzers.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asthma / diagnosis
  • Breath Tests / instrumentation*
  • Breath Tests / methods
  • Equipment Design
  • Exhalation
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Least-Squares Analysis
  • Luminescent Measurements / instrumentation
  • Male
  • Nitric Oxide / analysis*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity


  • Nitric Oxide