Cadmium Blood Test
Cadmium Blood Test
This test measures levels of Cadmium in the blood. Cadmium is a toxic element which can cause health problems for people exposed to it. The most common source of Cadmium exposure is in industrial settings. Cadmium is used in a number of metals and jobs involving heating, welding, grinding and other types of metalwork have a high risk of exposure. While Cadmium is found naturally in the environment, it is not common to experience overexposure to food, water or air sources except in cases where a heavy amount of pollution is present. The buildup of Cadmium in the body from environmental exposure may not show any short-term symptoms. Smokers have a higher risk of cadmium toxicity due to its presence in cigarettes and other tobacco products. Symptoms of acute Cadmium toxicity typically include fatigue, coughing, chest pain and burning in the throat. Longterm health complication can include kidney damage, cancer, infertility and weak bones.
This test is typically ordered to monitor industrial workers with high risk of exposure to Cadmium. It may also be ordered when someone suspects they are at risk of exposure due to environmental pollution, especially in areas near factories and mining operations. Blood testing is effective for detecting acute exposure while a Urine Cadmium Test can be a better measure of long-term exposure. Those looking for more comprehensive heavy metal testing may wish to order the Heavy Metal Profile II which includes testing for Cadmium as well as Arsenic, Lead and Mercury.
Turnaround for this test is typically 2-4 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.
Sampling time is not critical for industrial exposure monitoring. After a couple of weeks of exposure, specimens can be collected at any time.