New Steroid Test Based On Oil Exploration TechniqueResearchers at the University of Nottingham have developed a new, highly sensitive, anti-doping steroid test using hydropyrolysis. It’s a technique that has previously been used for oil exploration. The technique is also used to refine current radio carbon dating processes using carbon 14 isotope.

The process uses high pressure environments to investigate the chemical structure and make-up of a sample. It is refined at the University to develop highly accurate tests for detecting levels of illicit steroids in urine.

The same process can be used to detect the presence of illicit steroids in the urine of athletes - and racehorses. The test procedure is already in the process of being commercialized and is expected to be ready for use in the 2012 Olympics.