Mercury Testing


Mercury testing is offered on whole blood samples.

There are three forms of mercury found in the environment: elemental (metallic), inorganic, and organic. The blood mercury test indicates exposure to all three forms of mercury.

Common sources of mercury exposure are eating fish or shellfish contaminated with methylmercury and breathing elemental mercury vapors.


Specimen Collection


Blood:  2 mL of whole blood collected in evacuated tubes with EDTA (preferred) or heparin anticoagulant


Testing Procedure


Blood mercury samples are diluted and the mercury is measured by inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS).


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