# Author | Richard A. Yost

### Articles

#### What’s the Most Meaningful Standard for Mass Spectrometry: Instrument Detection Limit or Signal-to-Noise Ratio?

October 01, 2015

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Do the signal-to-noise ratios presented by instrument vendors accurately reflect improvements in mass spectrometers? We review factors influencing the validity of vendor SNR specifications, and argue that the statistical alternative of instrument detection limits is more consistent with regulatory guidelines and a more relevant indicator of instrument performance.