What is the difference between gas chromatography and mass spectrometry?
GC is used for analyzing volatile organics, and generally separating by boiling points. GCMS indicates that a mass spectrometer is used as the detector for the GC. LC is a separation performed in the liquid phase and is generally used for larger more polar molecules which are incompatible with GC.
How does liquid chromatography mass spectrometry work?
Liquid chromatography (LC) separates the sample components and then introduces them to the mass spectrometer (MS). The MS creates and detects charged ions. This permits MS analysis of non-volatile, thermally labile, or charged molecules.
Why is GCMS important?
GC-MS is used in screening tests for the detection of several congenital metabolic diseases. It detects trace levels of compounds present in the urine of patients with genetic metabolic disorders. It can also detect the presence of oils in ointments, creams, and lotions.
Why are GC and MS used together?
Analyzing small and volatile molecules When combined with the detection power of mass spectrometry (MS), GC-MS can be used to separate complex mixtures, quantify analytes, identify unknown peaks and determine trace levels of contamination.
What are advantages of mass spectrometry?
The MS/MS has three major advantages: The capacity to study numerous molecules regardless of whether they are from the same structural family or not; The capacity to highlight the specific metabolites of a disease; It’s an automated technique offering the possibility of large-scale analysis.
How accurate is GCMS?
The accuracy of the GC/MS confirmatory test is virtually 100% from a scientific standpoint. With the use of this two-step process and professional, accredited laboratories to eliminate human error in the process, there should be no concern regarding the accuracy of drug tests.