Gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS) is an analytical method that combines the features of gas-chromatography and mass spectrometry to identify different substances within a test sample.
Applications of GC-MS include drug detection, fire investigation, environmental analysis, explosives investigation, and identification of unknown samples, including that of material samples obtained from planet Mars during probe missions as early as the 1970s. GC-MS can also be used in airport security to detect substances in luggage or on human beings.
Additionally, it can identify trace elements in materials that were previously thought to have disintegrated beyond identification. Like liquid chromatographyâ€“mass spectrometry, it allows analysis and detection even of tiny amounts of a substance.
GC-MS has been widely heralded as a “gold standard” for forensic substance identification because it is used to perform a 100% specific test, which positively identifies the presence of a particular substance.
A nonspecific test merely indicates that any of several in a category of substances is present. Although a nonspecific test could statistically suggest the identity of the substance, this could lead to false positive identification.
We check for all the solvents indicated by the state of Oregon, as well as a few others available upon request.