Urine is the preferred specimen type for assessing exposure to arsenic. Total urine arsenic is measured as a first line test. If this is elevated the sample will be referred for speciation analysis to differentiate the type of arsenic in the sample.
|Availability||Weekdays. Contact laboratory if urgent analysis is required.|
|Additional Information||Most elevated urine arsenic results are due to non-toxic arsenobetaine found in a variety of foods particularly fish and seafood. Please give a brief dietary history on the request.|
|Turn Around||7 days|
|Send to||First Class Post to: Specialist Laboratory Medicine,
St James's University Hospital,
|Collection Con||For occupational health monitoring, abstain from fish and seafood consumption for 5 days prior to collection. For all other indications, a random urine sample is sufficient. Please give a brief dietary history on the request.|
|Sample REQ||Urine. Store at 4C prior to sending.|