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Heavy Metals

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

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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 a healthcare practitioner suspects that you may have been exposed

Sample Required?

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

Test Preparation Needed?

48 hours before collection, you should not eat seafood. If you have had a procedure in which either gadolinium- or iodine-containing contrast media has been administered, wait 96 hours before sample collection.