Heavy Metals Testing

Analysis of elements in urine provides diagnostic information on potentially toxic elements such as lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, beryllium, arsenic and aluminum, and assessment of the efficiency of renal resorption of essential elements such as magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium.

Urine element analysis is an invaluable tool for the diagnosis or confirmation of toxic element burden and monitoring of detoxification therapy.


For diagnosis of the presence of certain toxic element burdens, post provocation testing is recommended.

This involves urine collection following oral or intravenous administration of chelating or complexing agents that mobilize elements from otherwise slowly exchanging tissue pools.

For example, non-provoked levels of cadmium, mercury, and lead may not be indicative of deep tissue stores and only reflect ongoing or very recent exposure.

Unprovoked urinary levels of essential elements such as magnesium, calcium, sodium, and potassium may be indicative of renal wasting conditions and provide early warning of renal dysfunction. Magnesium loading tests can also be performed using urine elements testing. Provoked urinary levels of elements that chelation agents have an affinity for can provide valuable information as to the efficacy of the provocation. Blood levels are better indicators of nutritional element status.

For increased convenience, urine elements results are reported in standardized units that allows variable collection periods and ease of comparison between tests. A post-provocation 6 hour collection will be reported in units per mg creatinine. Less than 24 hour collections are expressed per mg creatinine to account for urine dilution variations. This allows the physician to order tests with different collection periods within a single challenge on a patient and accurately compare the results.

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