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Europium (Eu)

Europium is a soft, silver metal. It is the most reactive of the lanthanide group: it oxidizes rapidly in the air at room temperature, burns at 150 to 180°C, and reacts very rapidly with water.

Europium applications

Europium is a neutron absorber and is used in nuclear reactor control rods. It also manufactures televisions, special light bulbs, and other products.

Europium is one of the least abundant rare earth elements. It is never found in nature as a free element.

Impact of Europium on human health

Europium has no known biological role. Europium salts may be slightly toxic when ingested, but their toxicity has not been thoroughly investigated.

Europium does not appear to pose an environmental threat to plants and animals.

How can one determine if one has been exposed to Europium?

We can measure Europium's levels in the blood and most biological materials.

Determination of metals is done by ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry), a method that enables the simultaneous detection of many metals. Its sensitivity and accuracy are significantly better than conventional atomic absorption, with the ability to measure metals at concentrations up to 1 in 1015 (1 in 1 quadrillion, ppq)!



Important Note

Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for diagnosing and monitoring all pathological conditions. Between 70% and 80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. The correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased."

Laboratory test results should not be interpreted solely based on the numerical result of a single analysis. They should be interpreted in relation to each individual case, family history, clinical findings, and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your physician should explain the importance of your test results.

At Diagnostiki Athinon, we answer any questions you may have about the test you perform in our laboratory and contact your doctor to ensure you receive the best possible medical care.

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