Heavy Metals

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Also known as: Toxic Metals
Formal name: Heavy Metals
Related tests: Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Chromium, Cobalt, Iron, Copper

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for, detect, and monitor excessive exposure to specific heavy metals

When to Get Tested?

Periodically when you work with heavy metals, or when your doctor suspects that you may have been exposed. If you have a metal-on-metal hip prosthesis, depending upon the size and type of implant, you may need annual blood monitoring of metal ions (e.g. chromium and cobalt). Consult your doctor for further advice.

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm or a 24-hour urine sample; rarely, a hair sample, tissue sample, or other body fluid sample

Test Preparation Needed?

None