Novel Methods of Drug Testing
IMS (Ion-mobility spectrometry) instruments do not require a trained operator. They can be used to quickly analyze a sample identification that requires a database of known molecules to compare sample against. The process of building database would require trained chemist using another technique or a standard. Once built database could be referenced from any instrument without additional technical help. Quantification is possible when using internal standards or prebuilt methods. IMS (Ion-mobility spectrometry) is regularly used by law enforcement agencies at airports to detect narcotics and explosives. Minimal maintenance, ease of use by non-technical personnel, low cost, fast and accurate determination, minimal cost of consumables, and robust methodologies make IMS one the best choices for drug identification.