SelectScience Interview: 8 Exclusive Clinical Mass Spectrometry Interviews

Read exclusive interviews from experts in healthcare settings around the world, to discover how mass spectrometry is improving clinical diagnostics

09 Feb 2018

More and more clinical laboratories are adopting mass spectrometry into their everyday workflow. In this article, find out how clinical thought leaders are using mass spectrometry to provide better diagnostics and improve patient care.    

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1. Robust Gas Chromatography Optimizes Blood Alcohol and THC Analyses at St. Olavs Hospital, Norway

Gas chromatography-based analysis is widely used to determine alcohol (ethanol) levels in the body. This is necessary to find out if a person is legally intoxicated, or driving under the influence of a variety drugs (DUID). In this interview, find out how chemists from the Department of Clinical Pharmacology, St. Olavs Hospital, Norway, are using gas chromatography to enhance their DUID investigations.

2. ICP-Mass Spectrometry Leads the Way in Clinical Biochemistry

Dr Alex Lawson, principal clinical scientist, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, UK, discusses the use of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry in clinical science research.

3. Mass Spectrometry Inventor, Alexander Makarov, Explains How State-of-the-Art MS is Being Utilized in World Leading Anti-Doping Laboratories

The Hong Kong Jockey Club is one of the largest and most well-respected flat racing organizations in the world. The Club has a world-class drug-testing facility, on site at the Sha Tin Racecourse. This internationally-accredited laboratory uses state-of-the-art mass spectrometry to test for the presence of prohibited substances. In this interview, SelectScience® speaks to the world famous mass spectrometry inventor, Alexander Makarov to learn more. 

4. Why Good Service Engineers are Vital for a Smooth-Functioning Clinical Lab

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock health center located in New Hampshire, USA, serves the local community with professional medical support and clinical tests. In this interview, Tara Jackson, a clinical technologist and researcher at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, discusses the instruments they use for processing hundreds of samples every day, and how they keep the clinical lab functioning smoothly when technical issues are encountered.

5. Streamlined Clinical Mass Spectrometry Workflow at Imperial College Healthcare

Emma Walker is a consultant clinical scientist, and specialty lead for diagnostic endocrinology at North West London Pathology, hosted by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UK. Her laboratory has recently implemented a fully-automated liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) workflow. SelectScience® speaks to Emma to learn more about the service. 

6. A Homegrown Team of Clinical Mass Spectrometry Specialists

Find out how the busy UK biochemistry department, at the University Hospital of South Manchester, UK, has implemented mass spectrometry for clinical practice, and improved specificity and cost-efficiency of its service

7. Optimizing Clinical LC-MS/MS Workflow at The University-Hospital Padova

As increasing numbers of clinical laboratories seek to take advantage of the precision and accuracy of mass spectrometry (MS), effective workflows are essential. The University-Hospital Padova MS workflow has been steadily optimized to meet the demands of a busy clinical laboratory. SelectScience® speaks to Mariela Marinova, MD, to find out more.

8. Microsampling and LC-MS/MS in Pediatric Research: Exclusive Interview with Giuliana Cangemi

Giuliana Cangemi is head of chromatography-mass spectrometry at the Central Laboratory of Analysis, Giannina Gaslini Children’s Hospital in Genoa, Italy. Giuliana is an expert in her field of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), and was a speaker at the MSACL 2016 meeting. In this exclusive interview, Giuliana discusses the use of this technology in pediatric testing.