Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry: Introduction to Analytical Aspects

Clin Biochem Rev. 2019 Aug;40(3):115-133. doi: 10.33176/AACB-19-00024.


Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is an analytical technique that can be used to measure elements at trace levels in biological fluids. Although older techniques such as atomic absorption and atomic emission are still in use by some laboratories, there has been a slow shift toward ICP-MS, particularly in the last decade. As this shift is likely to continue, clinical scientists should be aware of the analytical aspects of ICP-MS, as well as the potential for both spectroscopic and non-spectroscopic interference, and strategies that can be employed to eliminate or mitigate these issues.

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