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:
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.