This test looks for Heavy Metals in a person's urine. The body is able to process small amounts of heavy metals but high levels of exposure can results in materials building up in body tissues and causing a number of health complications. This panel includes Total Arsenic, Inorganic Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Creatinine and Creatinine ratios for all metals. The specimen for this test can be either Random Urine or 24 Hour Urine.
Please state if you would like a 24 hour collection for this test at the time you place your order.
Arsenic can be found in materials such as pesticides, rodenticides, weed killers, paint and wood preservatives. Arsenic may also be found in food or groundwater in low levels. However, some areas have higher than normal levels of arsenic in the ground which can increase the risk of exposure. Urine testing is most effective for detecting chronic or prolonged exposure.
Lead can be found in a number of industrial products such as paint, ceramics, plastics, insecticides and batteries. Lead exposure is also a common concern for customers or employees of firing ranges due to the higher concentration of lead dust in these areas. Urine testing is the preferred method for monitoring chronic lead poisoning and treatment monitoring.
Mercury exposure can occur in industrial setting such as those which involve the burning of coal or from the consumption of certain products such as fish and shellfish. Urine testing is more accurate at detecting inorganic mercury from occupational exposure. For organic mercury such as that found is seafood, a blood test is more accurate.
Heavy metals testing is recommended for anyone who believes they have had exposure in the workplace or through other means especially if they are exhibiting symptoms of heavy metals poisoning. Family members of those exposed in the workplace should also be tested as toxic particulates can be brought into the home on clothing.
This test measures heavy metals being excreted from the body through urine. For customers who require blood testing, the Heavy Metals profile I, Blood is also available.
The Heavy Metals II Profile which also tests for Cadmium is available for customers who need a more comprehensive screening. Additional test selections are available in our Heavy Metals Testing Category.
Turnaround time for this test is typically 4-6 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Customers should avoid seafood and red wine for 72 hours prior to specimen collection.
Random urine specimens for Arsenic testing due to industrial exposure monitoring should be collected at the end of the work week (after 4-5 working days of exposure).
Random urine specimens for Lead testing due to industrial exposure monitoring can be collected any time after a couple weeks of exposure.
Random urine specimens for Mercury testing due to industrial exposure should be collected pre-shift (16 hours without an exposure).
For a 24 hour urine collection, customers should first go to the lab to pick up a specimen container. The first urination of the day at 8:00am should be discarded. All subsequent urinations for 24 hours should be collected and the specimen container should be taken to the lab at the end of the 24 hour period. Avoid contact with metal during the collection period.
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