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Direct sampling mass spectrometry for clinical analysis

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Direct sampling mass spectrometry (MS) has been advancing aggressively, showing immense potential in translating MS into the clinical field. Unlike traditional MS analysis involving extensive sample preparation and chromatographic separation, quick and simple procedures with minimal sample pretreatment or purification became available with direct sampling. An overview of the development in this field is provided, including some representative ambient ionization and fast extraction methods. Quantitative applications of these methods are emphasized and their efficacy are highlighted from a clinical aspect; non-quantitative applications in clinical analysis are also discussed. This review also discusses the integration of direct sampling MS with miniature mass spectrometers and its future outlook as an emerging clinical tool for point-of-care analysis.

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The article was received on 05 Sep 2018, accepted on 30 Nov 2018 and first published on 03 Dec 2018

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C8AN01722K
Citation: Analyst, 2019, Advance Article
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    Direct sampling mass spectrometry for clinical analysis

    F. Pu, S. Chiang, W. Zhang and Z. Ouyang, Analyst, 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8AN01722K

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