Forensic Toxicology

Lab Tech at a forensic toxicology lab

The ability to be able to accurately measure, quantify and report toxicology results in an quick and efficient way is important for forensic research, law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and drug testing laboratories. It is important to have quick screening and confirmation methods to decrease the current case loads in laboratories. Shimadzu offers very fast and sensitive approaches for forensic toxicology in a variety of matrices, from volatile drug screening and confirmation to heavy metals and organic drug screening.


Learn how the CLAM-2000 series fully automated sample preparation module for LCMS can streamline your analytical process

Automating Sample Preparation for LCMS with Shimadzu’s CLAM-2000 SERIES


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Heavy Metals

Liquid Mercury

It is very important to be able to measure heavy metals and toxins for poisioning. Long term exposure and high dosage amounts can lead to poisoning and even death. Shimadzu offers multiple analytical techniques to measure heavy metals and toxins in blood and urine samples ranging from parts per million to parts per billion levels.

Analytical Techniques: EDXRF, AA, ICP-OES, ICP-MS

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Drug Screening & Confirmation

Drug Screening

Drug Screening and confirmation (blood, urine, oral fluids, THC, DOA): With the number of drug cases and intoxications increasing annually, it is important to effectively analyze and measure low levels of designer, medical, and illicit drugs in forensic laboratories.

Shimadzu's UFMS line of mass spectrometers allows for fast, accurate screening and confirmation for many of these drugs. Shimadzu offers not only chromatographic and mass spec solutions for different matrices such as oral fluids, blood, plasma, and urine, but also offers an automated online sample preparation system.

Shimadzu's multiple libraries and databases allow for accurate library searching and similarity score matching for over two thousand compounds. Most of this work has been performed using GC-MS; More recently, there has been a shift to LC-MS/MS due to the faster analysis times and simpler sample preparation.

Analytical Techniques: LC-MS/MS, GC-MS, CLAM-2000, GC Libraries, LC-MS/MS Tox Database

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Volatile Drug Screening & Confirmation

Volatile Drug Screening using GCMS

Volatile drug screening and confirmation (BAC). The analysis of ethanol (alcohol) in forensic laboratories is important when analyzing DUI cases. Screening for ethanol is typically done by a breathalyzer and further confirmation is done in a forensic lab with a blood sample. The most widely used method to accurately measure blood alcohol content (BAC) for impairment is using headspace sampling and dual column separation by gas chromatography with flame ionization detection.

Analytical Techniques: GC, GC-MS

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Forensic Application Guidebook


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