Fitting Linear Quadrupoles and Round Flight Tubes into the Square Clinical Laboratory: The What, Where, and Why of Clinical Mass Spectrometry


Interest in clinical applications of mass spectrometry continues to grow, as do the number of areas of laboratory medicine currently using this powerful technology. Several mass spectrometry techniques exist, with varying degrees of success to date in the clinical environment. This presentation will discuss the most common types of mass spectrometry found in the clinical laboratory, areas where each has found success, and comparisons of these technologies for specific applications. In addition, a brief overview of old and new challenges with clinical mass spectrometry will be discussed.

Originally presented on March 27, 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

Frederick Strathmann, PhD

Frederick Strathmann, PhD

Medical Director, Toxicology Laboratory
ARUP Laboratories
Assistant Professor of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Dr. Strathmann is a medical director of the Toxicology Laboratory, as well as an assistant professor of pathology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Strathmann received his PhD in pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Rochester in New York, completed a clinical chemistry fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle, and is ABCC board certified in clinical chemistry and toxicological chemistry.


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the most common types of mass spectrometry.
  • List the areas of clinical laboratory medicine where mass spectrometry is currently used.
  • Compare the utility of various mass spectrometry techniques for specific applications in laboratory medicine.
  • Discuss several unique challenges of clinical mass spectrometry.

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, and ARUP Laboratories