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Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy techniques for the analysis of drugs of abuse
Author(s): Kathryn S. Kalasinsky; Barry K. Levine; Michael L. Smith; Joseph Jr. Magluilo; Teresa Schaefer
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Paper Abstract

Cryogenic deposition techniques for Gas Chromatography/Fourier Transform Infrared (GC/FT-IR) can be successfully employed in urinalysis for drugs of abuse with detection limits comparable to those of the established Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) technique. The additional confidence of the data that infrared analysis can offer has been helpful in identifying ambiguous results, particularly, in the case of amphetamines where drugs of abuse can be confused with over-the-counter medications or naturally occurring amines. Hair analysis has been important in drug testing when adulteration of urine samples has been a question. Functional group mapping can further assist the analysis and track drug use versus time.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 January 1994
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2089, 9th International Conference on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, (31 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.166597
Show Author Affiliations
Kathryn S. Kalasinsky, Mississippi State Univ. (United States)
Barry K. Levine, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (United States)
Michael L. Smith, Armed Forces Institute of Technology (United States)
Joseph Jr. Magluilo, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (United States)
Teresa Schaefer, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2089:
9th International Conference on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy
John E. Bertie; Hal Wieser, Editor(s)

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