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How to compare the results of Oligoscan with other laboratory tests? In short, not at all. The Oligoscan measures intracellularly. Blood tests show metals which have circulated recently. Metals are dumped within a few days from the blood stream into the tissues. Blood can therefore only be used in acute situations for toxic metals. The amount of minerals and trace elements is kept fairly constant in blood. Many people with muscle cramps often have a normal magnesium level in serum, also if the magnesium content is measured in red blood cells. The Oligoscan in these cases, shows a magnesium deficiency. Urinalysis shows to what extent the body can excrete metals. In a normal spontaneous urine sample almost nothing is excreted. Only after the body is provoked increased metal concentrations are found in the urine. This is done with a challenge test for toxic metals. This is a valuable test that shows in what amount metals are present in the extracellular environment. The Oligoscan measures intracellularly. The challenge test and Oligoscan complement each other completely in this aspect. A hair analysis shows which metals were present during the last months. But if a body cannot detoxify well, low amounts of metals will be found in hair. This is called false-negative results. Blood, urine or hair analysis let you and your patient wait for two weeks, while the Oligoscan provides results immediately.


The OligoScan technology utilizes spectrophotometry to obtain results on the amount of trace elements and heavy metals exist within tissue, calibrated specifically for a specific area of the body. This is a quantitative analytical methodology, which consists in measuring the absorbance level or the optical density of a specific chemical or mineral substance. The basic principle is that every type of compound, regardless if it is chemical or mineral based, absorbs, emits or reflects light (electromagnetic radiation) over a certain specific range of wavelengths. The more the sample is concentrated, the more it absorbs the light within the limits of proportionality expressed in the law Beer-Lambert. The spectrophotometry is used in many domains: chemistry, pharmacy, environment, food-processing industry, biology, medical /clinical, material/chemical engineering and clinical applications and many others. In the clinical applications, spectrophotometry is used to examine blood or tissues for clinical diagnosis.

Scientific Studies

The negative impact of heavy metals on the human and animal organism is demonstrated by numerous studies published by research institutes, WHO, FAO and other organizations. The massive exposure to these toxic agents becomes a real public danger. Transported by the pollution of the air, the earth and water (ground waters and sea water), heavy metals pollute the human body either directly by contact or indirectly through the food chain. Some of these substances are also in products, which are in touch with the body. The institutions for sanitary issues consider that there are almost no more places in the world which are not concerned by this problem. The elimination of these toxic metals out of the human body by appropriate chelating agents becomes a major challenge for health. Furthermore, scientific studies alert us on another plan. They point out the dramatic depletion of nutrients in food, accompanied with an increase of food additives which cause various problems in the body. An individualized supplementation favors the optimized functioning of the body and represents, in this context of decrease of nutritional density and quality of food, a main advantage to stay healthy. Concerning the measuring method of OligoScan, the spectrophotometry is used in numerous scientific and industrial processes. Comparative studies of the OligoScan test results with traditional biological analysis show a correlation in the expected standards.

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