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The serum iron level is a measure of the circulating iron in the blood. It tells us (along with TIBC/UIBC, transferrin and ferritin) the state of the body's iron reserves. An excess in a health screening can indicate disorders of iron storage (such as haemochromatosis), while low levels may indicate (along with changes in TIBC/UIBC, transferrin saturation and ferritin) iron deficiency.
Zinc is an essential component in cellular processes such as DNA replication + transcription. Zinc is also a co-factor from over 300 enzymes. Over 25% of the world's population has a low or marginal zinc status (these symptoms can be mild). Some include loss of appetite/taste or increased susceptibility to infection.
This Arsenic blood test is tested to detect recent arsenic exposure. Arsenic can be identified in the blood approximately 1 day after exposure to around 3 weeks after. It can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment.
This blood test measures the amount of copper in the blood. It can be used to diagnose Wilsons disease and levels of copper (deficiencies). Symptoms such as fatigue, jaundice, abdominal pain and more can be due to copper levels.
Sodium is an essential electrolyte involved in several bodily functions. The kidneys regulate its level in the body. High or low levels can be seen in a number of diseases, and the level can be influenced either way by prescribed medication (e.g. diuretics can cause a drop-in sodium).
If you suspect to have been exposed to lead, symptoms may include: Mild anaemia, high serum uric acid, Neurological effects such as nerve conduction velocity reduction, postural sway or tremors. It can also have adverse effects on fertility in both male and female.
Potassium is another essential electrolyte, whose level in the blood is largely determined by the kidneys. Like sodium, screening for low or high levels of potassium can indicate a problem with health due to disease or inappropriate medication. Potassium levels are very sensitive to storage - if there is any delay in testing, the level is often higher than would otherwise be expected. Normally, it is readily apparent if the rise is due to storage change as other test results will usually be normal.
Magnesium is second most common intracellular cation, which is after potassium. Magnesium is a key element in more than 300 enzyme processes. Serum magnesium should be tested when a patient could have deficiencys such as malnutrition, alcoholsim, diarrhoea (more are included). Some deficiency symptoms of magnesium include muscle cramps, weakness, vertigo, depression.
Available at our clinic in London
Test Name: Hair Mineral Analysis Test
GP Referral: GP Referral is included
Target Turn Around Time in working days: 14 Working Days
Test Inclusions: Test inclusions are Calcium, Magnesium, Phospherous, Sodium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, Copper, Cobalt, Chromium, Mangenese, Selenium, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Cadmium, Arsenic, Aluminium.
Special Instructions: APPOINTMENT REQUIRED - NOT AVAILABLE AS WALK IN
Laboratory Notes: This private Hair Mineral Analysis test requires (2 tablespoons) of hair close to scalp. This blood test is by appointment only and has a guaranteed turnaround time of 14 working days.
Although we do offer a walk in service we advise that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation that the named patient calls Patient Reception to check opening times before attending.
We Guarantee that you will receive your results in or before the stated number of working days of the longest test analysis within your pathology request. Our working days end at 5 pm. If you do not we will refund your money for the tests that are late.