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Urine Toxic & Essential Elements - Timed
Urine Toxic & Essential Elements - Timed
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Test Details

Lab Company: Doctor's Data
Sample Type: Urine
Collection Location: At Home

These instructions are for the Urine Essential Elements, Urine Toxic & Essential Elements, and Urine Toxic Metals tests. These tests measure the excretion of various essential elements and/or toxic metals in urine. They are used to analyze a patient's nutritional status or evaluate the efficacy of metal detoxification therapy. These instructions are for a timed collection, the duration of which should be specified by your healthcare practitioner.

Key Details

  • Avoid fish and shellfish for 1 week prior to sample collection.

  • Stop all non-essential medications and dietary supplements for 48 hours prior to and during collection.

  • Collect your sample at least 96 hours after any MRI during which gadolinium-based media was administered.

  • Do not collect while menstruating.

  • Ship via FedEx as soon as possible, Monday - Friday only.

  • If you cannot ship the sample the same day you finish collection, refrigerate your sample until you ship it.

Preparation & Timing

  • Avoid fish and shellfish for 1 week prior to sample collection.

  • Stop all non-essential medications and dietary supplements for 48 hours prior to and during collection.

    • DO NOT discontinue prescription medications unless advised by your healthcare practitioner.

  • Collect your sample at least 96 hours after any MRI during which gadolinium-based media was administered.

  • Do not collect while menstruating.

Collection Instructions

  1. Contact your healthcare provider to determine how long you will be collecting your sample.

  2. Empty your bladder before the collection period begins.

  3. You will collect all of your urine during the provided collection time period.

  4. Collect urine in the specimen cup provided.

  5. Open the folded plastic bag.

    1. DO NOT expand this bag before filling - the bag will expand as it is filled.

  6. Pour all urine into the folded plastic bag.

  7. Close the bag and place it in the refrigerator.

  8. Repeat steps 4-7 each time you urinate during the designated collection period.

  9. When the collection period is over, shake the plastic bag.

  10. Pour urine into the supplied specimen vial.

    1. Fill urine to the top of the label.

  11. Tightly screw the cap onto the vial.

  12. Discard remaining urine.

  13. Complete the "Collection Information section on the requisition form.

    1. Make sure you mark "timed" and write the number of hours that you collected urine.

  14. Write the following information on the specimen vial.

    1. Patient's name

    2. Patient's date of birth

    3. Date of collection

  15. Place the vial in the ziplock bag.

  16. Place the bag in the cardboard kit box.

  17. Place the completed test requisition form into the cardboard kit box.

Requisition & Payment

  • Your kit has been prepaid. You DO NOT need to pay anything extra.

  • Instructions on how to fill out your requisition can be found HERE.

    • Since you pre-paid for your tests, you do not need to fill in the payment information on any of these forms.

Shipping

  • Ship your sample as soon as possible.

    • If you cannot ship your sample the same day as you finish collection, refrigerate the specimen until you ship the test kit back to the lab.

  • Ship samples Monday - Friday only.

  • To prepare your samples for shipping,

    • Place the specimen vial into the ziplock bag.

    • Place the ziplock bag and completed requisition form into the cardboard kit box.

    • Place the cardboard kit box into the FedEx Clinical Pak.

    • Fill out the Billable Stamp.

    • Make a note of the tracking number so that you can track your samples back to the lab.

  • Ship using FedEx.

    • DO NOT place your sample in a FedEx drop box.

    • You can schedule a FedEx pickup by calling 1-800-463-3339.

      • At the automated greeting, say, "schedule a pickup."

      • At the next prompt, say, "schedule a pickup with a label or stamp."

      • You will be asked if the waybill says "stamp" - say, "yes."

      • Then give your address information.

Results

  • Results should be released to your provider 3-8 business days after samples are received at the lab. We cannot guarantee processing time.

  • Your provider will notify you when your results are in and schedule a follow-up appointment for you to review them together.

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Questions?

For general questions, email Rupa Health at support@rupahealth.com. For test-specific questions, contact Doctor's Data by calling 800-323-2784 or emailing customer support at info@doctorsdata.com.

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