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The accuracy of the test, and the ability to detect sample purity will depend on the database of spectra collected.
The testing process for a powder sample is simple. Install the SCiO software onto your phone or laptop. Login, and WiFi link and calibrate the sensor as shown in the software. Fully pack a ‘00’ gelatine capsule with the finely divided powder for testing - this will requires ~ 600 mg of sodium pentobarbital. Weigh the capsule and place it into the accompanying reflective small objects holder that accompanies the detector, then switch on the ExitTest2 App, from the Applet selection. Position the molecular scanner above the holder and press the displayed ‘scan’ button.
SCiO sensor result from pure Nembutal
A flash of visible light from the detector is noticed and the screen indicates the completion, then analysis of the scan. The recorded data is compared with stored spectra, and the results immediately made available on the phone/ iPad screen. The result display for a good sample of Nembutal powder is shown in the diagram. This can then be emailed or stored. If the analysed spectrum comes back as “unrecognisable”, further tests should to be carried out.
NOTE: Tests on liquid samples of Nembutal are currently being carried out and details will be published when available.
NOTE: The full potential of this system for assessing end of life drugs is still being investigated by Exit