Mercury in Urine

Brief Description

The inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer method uses an internal standard dilution technique to provide rapid and accurate quantification of Mercury in urine. 

Laboratory Unit

Chemical Threat



Specimen Collection


Collect 25-60mL of urine. Two empty containers of the same lot number should be submitted with the specimen.


Consultation is required with GPHL Emergency Response Coordinator Req 24/7 contact number: 866-782-4584.

Urine  should be stored frozen (-20°C or colder) and shipped with dry ice.

Acceptable Specimen Type(s)


Test Request

Possible Results

  • 1 µg/L - 100 µg/L
  • Not detected
  • Unsatisfactory

Reference Range

Not detected

Unacceptable Conditions

  • Missing testing requisition
  • Missing minimum of 2 patient identifiers
  • Improper labeling
  • Improper storage/transport of specimen
  • No specimen received (empty collection tube)
  • Low Volume (<2 mL)
  • Wrong specimen
  • Specimen damaged, broken, or leaked in transit.

Interfering Substances


Result Reported

1-3 business days

Turnaround times may be affected by the scale of the event.


No charge

LOINC/Order Codes

19056-1 (Order code: CT021600)