Urine cobalt concentrations are likely to be increased above the reference value in patients with metallic joint prosthesis. Cobalt is used in the manufacture of hard alloys with high melting points and resistance to oxidation. Cobalt salts are also used in the glass and pigment industry. Previously, cobalt salts were sometimes used as foam stabilizers in the brewing industry; this practice was banned due to the cardiovascular diseases it induced. The radioactive isotope of cobalt, (60)Co, is used as a gamma emitter in experimental biology, cancer therapy, and industrial radiography.
No special preparation is needed for Cobalt 24 Hour Urine. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Cobalt 24 Hour Urine. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.
|All age groups
|0 - 1.9 mcg/day