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Toxic Metals 6-8 Hr - Urine

Nutrient and Toxic Elements in Urine

New Analytes!

Metametrix has improved urine analysis for our Toxic Metals Profiles by adding a host of new analytes for greater sensitivity.

Metametrix Urine Element Analysis Benefits:

  • More analytes reported means a fuller evaluation
  • Big improvements for the same price equal a cost-effective way to monitor nutrient and toxic elements
  • Use of the latest advances in technology (DRC ICP-MS) provide increased sensitivity and specificity

Click here for a complete list of analytes.

Which Test Should I use?

Urine element testing is primarily used to monitor levels of exposure to toxic metals such as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury and evaluate body burdens. Here’s a breakdown of both collection timeframes to help you better determine the best option:

  • The 6-8 hour collection lets clinicians evaluate total body burden of toxic elements, and can also be used as with a chelating agent to assessed body stores. Pre and post chelating challenged are recommended.
  • The 24-hour collection is also used to assess the rate of excretion of elements and can be used with or without a chelating agent. The total output of urine over 24 hours is collected and the daily output of nutrient and/or toxic elements is determined.

Although many clinicians do both pre- and post-challenge testing, some now elect to only test following the oral or IV administration of a chelating agent. In order to allow comparison between different test protocols, Metametrix results are reported using standardized units. 24-hour urine collections are reported as units per day. 6-8 hour collections are reported as units per mg creatinine to allow for variations in urine dilution.