Determine if metal toxicity or mineral deficiency is contributing to a disorder.
Monitor the effects of chelation (elimination of heavy metals from the body).
Essential: Barium, Boron, Calcium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Iron, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Sodium, Strontium, Sulfur, Vanadium, Zinc, and Zirconium; Toxic: Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Beryllium, Bismuth, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Platinum, Thallium, Thorium, Tin, Tungsten, Uranium
The random urine collection requires 50 mL of urine. A chelating agent is recommended for best results.
The timed and 24 hour urine collection requires the patient to collect every urine specimen over a specified period of time. The physician will determine the collection time based on the type of chelating used or the evaluation needed for comparison. If using a chelating agent, the patient should take the chelating agent 1 hour prior to starting the collection of specimen.