Mercury, Urine MERCU

Method(s) Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry
Specimen Required
Collect 24-hour or random urine collection. Specimen must be collected in a plastic container and should be refrigerated during collection. Studies indicate that refrigeration of urine alone during and after collection, preserves specimens adequately if tested within 14 days of collection.
Transport 8 mL aliquot from a well-mixed 24 hour or random collection at 2-8ºC. (Min: 5 mL) Submit specimen in two trace element-free transport tubes.
Stability

Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year

Mercury is volatile; concentration may reduce after seven days or more storage.

Unacceptable Conditions Urine collected within 48 hours after administration of a gadolinium (Gd) containing contrast media (may occur with MRI studies). Acid preserved urine.
Schedule Mon-Fri
Billing Code 5010246
CPTCode 83825
Notes Record total volume and collection time interval on transport tube and on test request form. High concentrations of iodine may interfere with elemental testing. Abstinence from iodine-containing medications or contrast agents for at least 1 month prior to collecting specimens is recommended.
Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)
No Appointment Necessary
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