Hair Elements. Check Levels of Toxic Metals Exposure.

Hair Elements analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, especially methylmercury and arsenic, and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. This noninvasive screening test requires only .25 grams of hair.

Elements are the basic building blocks of all chemical compounds, and human exposure to them occurs both from natural and anthropogenic sources. Many elements are considered nutrients and are essential for the proper functioning of the body. These are generally divided between macrominerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc, and trace minerals including selenium, iodine, boron and molybdenum.

Conversely, there are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body, interfere with its functioning and undermine health—such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients. Toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed in urine, blood, feces and hair.

toxic metals in hair

This test is useful for

Toxic Element Exposure / Excessive Fish Consumption / Alopecia-Depression / Fatigue / Malabsorption / Hypertension / Impaired Glucose Tolerance / Kidney Function / Parkinson’s-like Symptoms / Sexual Impotence or Decreased Testosterone Production / Vision Problems

Analytes Tested

Click any analyte name for additional clinical information, including reference ranges, specimen collection, stability and rejection criteria.

AnalyteCPTABN Required
Aluminum; hair82108Yes
Antimony; hair83018Yes
Arsenic; hair82175Yes
Barium; hair83018Yes
Beryllium; hair83018Yes
Bismuth; hair83018Yes
Boron; hair83018Yes
Cadmium; hair82300Yes
Calcium; hair82310Yes
Chromium; hair82495Yes
Cobalt; hair83018Yes
Copper; hair82525Yes
Germanium; hair83018Yes
Iodine; hair84999Yes
Iron; hair83540Yes
Lead; hair83655Yes
Lithium; hair80178Yes
Magnesium; hair83735Yes
Manganese; hair83785Yes
Mercury; hair83825Yes
Molybdenum; hair83018Yes
Nickel; hair83885Yes
Phosphorus; hair84999Yes
Platinum; hair83018Yes
Potassium; hair84999Yes
Rubidium; hair83018Yes
Selenium; hair84255Yes
Silver; hair83018Yes
Sodium; hair84302Yes
Strontium; hair83018Yes
Sulfur; hair84999Yes
Thallium; hair83018Yes
Thorium; hair83018Yes
Tin; hair83018Yes
Titanium; hair83018Yes
Uranium; hair83018Yes
Vanadium; hair83018Yes
Zinc; hair84630Yes
Zirconium; hair83018Yes