Instrument & Technologies
The National Dope Testing Laboratory is equipped with state of the art technologies and the most modern equipment.
The use of Gas Chromatography coupled with Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) is the most common and the oldest technology being used worldwide for dope testing . During the past 8-10 years, the use of liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) has become quite widespread . This technique has helped to detect the difficult drugs falling into various categories of banned substances and is becoming increasingly more important in the fight against doping. Apart from GC-MS and LC-MS/MS the use of Gas Chromatography coupled with tandem Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) and Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (IRMS) is also very prevalent in sports drug testing.
Both GC-MS/MS and LC-MS/MS are used primarily to analyze urine samples. The analysis of the blood matrix requires a completely different type of equipment which is commonly used in hospital laboratories.