Metal Analysis of clinical samples


ALS Scandinavia offers accredited analysis of metals in clinical samples. Our accreditation covers 67 elements and can thus be applied for: 

  • Blood analysis 
  • Serum analysis
  • Plasma analysis
  • Urine analysis
  • Other types of clinical samples

Our comprehensive accreditation is valid for analysis of clinical samples from both human and animalic origin.

There are numerous sources of exposure to metals: the food we eat and drink, the environment or consumer products that we use. Certain occupational groups are particularly exposed metal sources in their work which in turn demands regular biomonitoring. Analysis of metal concentrations in blood, serum, plasma or urine is therefore relevant in a variety of applications such as:

  • Occupational medicine
  • Medicine
  • Clinical and non-clinical studies
  • Research
  • Forensics
  • Nutritions

Metal analysis of metals in blood, urine, serum and plasma samples is carried out by high resolution ICP-MS.

Blood or serum analysis?

ALS Scandinavia offers analyses for whole blood as well as for serum/plasma. As a customer, it is important to be careful in the choice of sample type for analysis. The concentrations of certain elements differ beteen blood and serum. There are, e.g., higher concentrations of iron, lead, cadmium and mercury in blood than in serum as a result of these metals to a higher extend being bound to.

Blood plasma is what remains of the blood after removing all cells before coagulation. Blood plasma is to 90% water, and its function is to transport several important compounds to the cells and to transport the rest products emitted by the cells (except for carbon dioxide and oxygen).

Serum is a yellowish transparent fluid resulting from the removal of blood cells and coagulation proteins from coagulated blood. Serum contains proteins, e.g. antibodies. For more information please see our FAQ.