Modern instrumental methods in forensic toxicology

J Anal Toxicol. 2007 Jun;31(5):237-53, 8A-9A. doi: 10.1093/jat/31.5.237.


This article reviews modern analytical instrumentation in forensic toxicology for identification and quantification of drugs and toxins in biological fluids and tissues. A brief description of the theory and inherent strengths and limitations of each methodology is included. The focus is on new technologies that address current analytical limitations. A goal of this review is to encourage innovations to improve our technological capabilities and to encourage use of these analytical techniques in forensic toxicology practice.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chemistry Techniques, Analytical
  • Chromatography, Gas
  • Chromatography, Liquid
  • Electrophoresis, Capillary
  • Forensic Toxicology / instrumentation*
  • Forensic Toxicology / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mass Spectrometry / methods