Toxic Elements screen (Genova) – urine sample
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I recommend this test when I suspect metal toxicity as a cause of symptoms. This test is recommended for patients who have not yet carried out a toxic elements in urine test.
The test measures urinary levels of the following elements:- aluminium, antimony, arsenic, barium, bismuth, cadmium, calcium, cesium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gadolinium, gallium, iron, lead, lithium, manganese, magnesium, mercury, molybdenum, nickel, niobium, platinum, potassium, rubidium, selenium, strontium, sulfur, thallium, thorium, tin, tungsten, vanadium, uranium and zinc.
It is performed on a urine sample collected after a dose of DMSA, an substance which chelates metals and allows them to be excreted in urine. The reason for this is that toxic metals get "stuck" in body tissues but DMSA "grabs" them so they are excreted in urine. This is the most reliable measure of toxic metals.
This test is performed on a urine sample.
The kit for this test includes a urine container, the correct dose of DMSA for the test (based on your body weight), an instruction sheet, packaging materials for transporting the sample in the post, and a laboratory request form.
Please, note that there will be a separate charge for the DMSA capsules on the invoice. The approximate cost of the DMSA capsules is between 10 GBP and 25 GBP and depends on the number of capsules you need.
To complete the test you need to follow the instructions for urine collection sent out with the kit. Send the urine sample to Biolab in the packaging provided ensuring that the request form with your correct details is enclosed. Post the sample by 1st class post on Monday through Thursday.
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