Carboplatin is a platinum analogue that is used in a number of chemotherapeutic regimens for solid tumors, such as lung and ovarian carcinomas. Most often characterization of carboplatin's pharmacokinetic properties is based on measurement of platinum, rather than intact carboplatin. We have developed a sensitive LC-MS method for the determination of intact carboplatin in plasma ultrafiltrate and in tumor tissue. Carboplatin was extracted from rat plasma ultrafiltrate and tumor samples using solid-phase extraction cartridges and analyzed using reversed-phase chromatography with positive electrospray ionization followed by mass spectrometric detection. Using 50 microliter of plasma ultrafiltrate or 140 microliter of tumor homogenate supernatant, the extraction afforded a recovery of 58.7 and 45.8% for plasma and tumor, respectively. The mobile phase was 5% acetonitrile in 0.5% acetic acid at 0.2 ml/min that yielded a retention time of carboplatin of 2.2 min. The method has been validated at carboplatin plasma ultrafiltrate concentrations from 0.07 to 2.5 microgram/ml, and from 0.03 to 1.3 microgram/ml in tumor homogenates. The main advantages of this method compared with earlier methods are the ability to measure intact carboplatin in a sensitive and specific manner.