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Assembly for collecting samples for purposes of identification or analysis and method of use

United States Patent

February 2, 2010
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An assembly and an associated method for collecting a sample of material desired to be characterized with diagnostic equipment includes or utilizes an elongated member having a proximal end with which the assembly is manipulated by a user and a distal end. In addition, a collection tip which is capable of being placed into contact with the material to be characterized is supported upon the distal end. The collection tip includes a body of chemically-inert porous material for binding a sample of material when the tip is placed into contact with the material and thereby holds the sample of material for subsequent introduction to the diagnostic equipment.
Thompson; Cyril V. (Knoxville, TN), Smith; Rob R. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
11/ 194,095
July 29, 2005
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to UT-Battelle, LLC, and the Government has certain rights to the invention.