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Automatic screening in postmortem toxicology

Automatic screening in postmortem toxicology

Forensic Science International 142(2-3): 115-125

The systematic analysis of postmortem samples is one of the most challenging tasks in forensic toxicology. For determining cause of death, analysis of different tissues can be indispensable. Automation of these analyses would increase reproducibility and therefore lead to more reliable and comparable results. Recent developments in analytical toxicology and the availability of automation devices for various analytical stages, such as sampling, preliminary testing, sample extraction, chromatographic separation, identification, and data processing are examined and discussed. At present only parts of the analytical procedure have been automated-however, the goal should be the integration of these parts into a single, continuous process. Currently, only one "fully-automated" procedure for the comprehensive screening of blood and urine (excluding sample pretreatment, which remains separate) has been published. But it can be expected that automation of analytical procedures in forensic toxicology will indeed progress, even with regard to the very complex screening of postmortem samples.

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PMID: 15172075

DOI: 10.1016/j.forsciint.2004.02.014

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