Volume 46, Issue 4 (July 2001)

    Headspace/Solid-Phase Microextraction/Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry: A Screening Technique for the Recovery and Identification of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) in Postmortem Blood and Viscera Samples

    (Received 5 July 2000; accepted 5 September 2000)

    CODEN: JFSOAD

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the application of Headspace/Solid-Phase Microextraction/Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (HS/SPME/GC-MS) to the recovery and identification of volatile organic compounds in blood and viscera samples from decreased persons. The technique is used as a screening procedure to rapidly obtain information relating to toxicological investigations. The technique is suitable for the detection of volatiles (of wide boiling range) including butane, halothane, toluene, xylenes, and petrol residues in blood and viscera (lung, brain, and body fat).


    Author Information:

    Tranthim-Fryer, DJ
    Senior chemist and research officer, principal chemist, and chemist and research officer, Chemistry Centre (WA), Forensic Science Laboratory, East Perth, WA

    Norman, KW
    Senior chemist and research officer, principal chemist, and chemist and research officer, Chemistry Centre (WA), Forensic Science Laboratory, East Perth, WA

    Hansson, RC
    Senior chemist and research officer, principal chemist, and chemist and research officer, Chemistry Centre (WA), Forensic Science Laboratory, East Perth, WA


    Stock #: JFS15073J

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15073J

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    Title Headspace/Solid-Phase Microextraction/Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry: A Screening Technique for the Recovery and Identification of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) in Postmortem Blood and Viscera Samples
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    Committee E30