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Detecting the presence of synthetic forms of endogenous anabolic androgenic steroids (EAAS) in urine samples is routinely performed at major sporting or during a sporting season. Confirmation testing is performed if a sample is noted as a Suspicious Steroid Profile (SSP) or an Atypical Passport Finding (ATPF).

Thermo Fisher Scientific has supported steroid drug testing for more than a quarter century.

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TSQ 8000 Evo Triple Quadrupole GC-MS/MS

Delta V Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer

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Answer your most challenging sport testing applications with our high-performance GC-MS & GC-MS/MS systems.

To ensure athletes play true, our market leading solutions help you profile athletes and confirm steroid use with the precision and sensitivity expected.

Whether you require high throughput, highly sensitive quantitative performance or screening solutions to retrospectively answer tomorrow's doping questions, we have you covered.

Offering solid phase extraction (SPE), solid supported liquid extraction (SLE), micro extraction by packed sorbent (MEPS), and manifolds and dispensers you can use in the process. Don’t overlook the syringe filters, protein precipitation and protein digest products.

Support in and out of competition testing with solutions to screen large sets of compounds in a single methods while staying ahead of future banned substances.

Comprehensive screening of known and unknown performance enhancing substances is a critical part of maintaining sports true.


Endogenous anabolic androgenic steroids testing workflow

Sample preparation

Screening for misused anabolic steroids and it’s metabolites in athletes is critical to keep sports true. In order to make fair quantitation of endogenous vs exogenous steroid in athlete’s system, it is important to ensure all the samples are prepared consistently. Thermo Fisher Scientific offers comprehensive sample preparation solutions to screen steroids using sensitive analytical technologies such as mass spectrometry.

GC-MS workflows (non-peptidic):

Hydrolysis + Extraction + Derivitization

LC-MS workflows (peptidic & non-peptidic):

Hydrolysis + Extraction

We offer a variety of solutions to fit your laboratory workflow needs, including  the next generation SOLA solid phase extraction fritless  SPE , which provides higher levels of reproducibility and robustness compared to conventional options.  Learn more about the variety of options available, view our application handbook or try our selector guide.

We offer a variety of configurations to suit your needs while achieving the highest level of analytical sensitivity your workflow requires to confidently identify  endogenous steroid misuse.

Screen, quantify and profile

In 2005, the Anabolic Steroid Control Act was amended with the Controlled Substance Act that added anabolic steroids and prohormones (a precursor to a hormone) to the list of controlled substances and makes possession of the substances a federal crime. While illegal, athletes continue to use them.  Below is a comparative table of various techniques to test for presence:

Which mass spectrometer is right for you?

  TRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph and ISQ™ LT Single Quadrupole GC-MS systemTRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph and ISQ™ LT Single Quadrupole GC-MS system TRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph and TSQ™ 8000 Evo Triple Quadrupole systemTRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph and TSQ™ 8000 Evo Triple Quadrupole system Vanquish™ Flex UHPLC system and TSQ Altis™ Triple Quadrupole mass spectrometerVanquish™ Flex UHPLC system and TSQ Altis™ Triple Quadrupole mass spectrometer
Targeted Screening
Quantitation
Unknown Profiling & Retrospective Screening
Typical WADA classes: S1, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8
Typical WADA classes: SO, S2, S4.5, S9, P1, P2
WADA Technical Document TD2016 EEAS TD2016 EEAS
Sample throughput Low to medium Low to medium High
Cost $ $$ $$$
Sample prep Moderate Moderate Minimal
Dynamic range 7 logs 7 logs ≤ 6 logs
Data analysis

TraceFinder software offers the most comprehensive and quantitative workflows to help you address critical challenges in your routine or advanced quantitation assays.

Secondary confirmation
Confirm your results with a single analysis
Confirm your results with a single analysis

The misuse of endogenous anabolic steroids can be detected by measuring the ∂13C values of the steroid itself or its metabolites which show depleted isotopic composition while the endogenous reference compounds are not affected. Samples showing suspicious steroid profile parameters are isotopically characterized in order to prove the origin of urinary steroids.

TriPlus RSH™ Autosampler

ConFlo IV Universal Continuous Flow Interface

TRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph

GC IsoLink II™ Interface for GC-IRMS

Delta V™ Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer

Sample preparation

Screening for misused anabolic steroids and it’s metabolites in athletes is critical to keep sports true. In order to make fair quantitation of endogenous vs exogenous steroid in athlete’s system, it is important to ensure all the samples are prepared consistently. Thermo Fisher Scientific offers comprehensive sample preparation solutions to screen steroids using sensitive analytical technologies such as mass spectrometry.

GC-MS workflows (non-peptidic):

Hydrolysis + Extraction + Derivitization

LC-MS workflows (peptidic & non-peptidic):

Hydrolysis + Extraction

We offer a variety of solutions to fit your laboratory workflow needs, including  the next generation SOLA solid phase extraction fritless  SPE , which provides higher levels of reproducibility and robustness compared to conventional options.  Learn more about the variety of options available, view our application handbook or try our selector guide.

We offer a variety of configurations to suit your needs while achieving the highest level of analytical sensitivity your workflow requires to confidently identify  endogenous steroid misuse.

Screen, quantify and profile

In 2005, the Anabolic Steroid Control Act was amended with the Controlled Substance Act that added anabolic steroids and prohormones (a precursor to a hormone) to the list of controlled substances and makes possession of the substances a federal crime. While illegal, athletes continue to use them.  Below is a comparative table of various techniques to test for presence:

Which mass spectrometer is right for you?

  TRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph and ISQ™ LT Single Quadrupole GC-MS systemTRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph and ISQ™ LT Single Quadrupole GC-MS system TRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph and TSQ™ 8000 Evo Triple Quadrupole systemTRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph and TSQ™ 8000 Evo Triple Quadrupole system Vanquish™ Flex UHPLC system and TSQ Altis™ Triple Quadrupole mass spectrometerVanquish™ Flex UHPLC system and TSQ Altis™ Triple Quadrupole mass spectrometer
Targeted Screening
Quantitation
Unknown Profiling & Retrospective Screening
Typical WADA classes: S1, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8
Typical WADA classes: SO, S2, S4.5, S9, P1, P2
WADA Technical Document TD2016 EEAS TD2016 EEAS
Sample throughput Low to medium Low to medium High
Cost $ $$ $$$
Sample prep Moderate Moderate Minimal
Dynamic range 7 logs 7 logs ≤ 6 logs
Data analysis

TraceFinder software offers the most comprehensive and quantitative workflows to help you address critical challenges in your routine or advanced quantitation assays.

Secondary confirmation
Confirm your results with a single analysis
Confirm your results with a single analysis

The misuse of endogenous anabolic steroids can be detected by measuring the ∂13C values of the steroid itself or its metabolites which show depleted isotopic composition while the endogenous reference compounds are not affected. Samples showing suspicious steroid profile parameters are isotopically characterized in order to prove the origin of urinary steroids.

TriPlus RSH™ Autosampler

ConFlo IV Universal Continuous Flow Interface

TRACE™ 1310 Gas Chromatograph

GC IsoLink II™ Interface for GC-IRMS

Delta V™ Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometer


Clinical Research and Forensics Handbook

In our latest application handbook, we provide access to sports antidoping and forensic drug chemistry applications, peer reviewed references and recent technical posters for a wide range of experimental techniques, including mass spectrometry (including single quadrupole, triple quadrupole and quantitative high resolution systems), liquid chromatography and a variety of sample prep solutions.

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Featured webinar

In this webinar Dr. Alessandro Casilli, Brazilian Laboratory for Doping Control, recent advances in high resolution accurate mass (HRAM-MS) Orbitrap technology for measuring different ionization modes during the same run, and improving specificity and detection limits in sports doping control analyses.

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