CSI Technology DESI Animation

August 21, 2012

While most television shows create fictional scientific advancements, one cool technology seen on CSI and CSI: Miami could have other practical real world applications.

Graham Cooks, Ph.D., a Purdue university professor, reported at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, in which redOrbit is attending, that instant fingerprint analysis has potential to help during brain surgery and chemotherapy.

The “desorption electrospray ionization” mass spectrometer (DESI) has been featured on CSI and CSI: Miami as a tool used to analyze fingerprints.  However, the instrument is able to do more than the popular television series implies.

credit:  Purdue University

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