Current anti-doping analytical methods are mainly performed using urine samples. However, collection of urine samples from athletes can be time consuming and intrusive due to the need for monitoring during sample collection to prevent the submission of counterfeit or adulterated sample.
The alternative of blood sampling is less pursued due to its invasive nature and the need for specialists to collect the samples intravenously, adding to the expense of sample collection.
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Automated Extraction and Derivitisation for the Detection of Steroids in Blood Using Mitra Microsampling Devices