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Germanium (Ge), Blood

Pure Germanium is a hard, shiny, gray-white, brittle metal. It has a diamond-like crystalline structure and similar chemical and physical properties to Silicon. Germanium is stable in air and water and is not affected by alkali and acids except nitric acid.

Applications of Germanium

Germanium is a vital semiconductor mainly used in transistors and integrated circuits, with small amounts of Arsenic, Gallium, or other metals. Germanium forms many compounds. Germanium oxide is added to glass to increase the refractive index used in wide-angle lenses and infrared devices. There are numerous alloys containing Germanium. High-purity Germanium detectors can accurately identify possible sources of radiation.

Germanium in the environment

Germanium is less abundant than Tin or Lead and less easily accessible. Minerals with Germanium are rare. Germanium is dispersed in ores of other metals, such as Zinc, and what is required for manufacturing is recovered as a by-product from Zinc mines.

Impact of Germanium on human health

The estimated daily intake is about 1 mg, and there are claims that Germanium may benefit health, although this has not yet been scientifically proven. A high intake of Germanium is thought to improve immune function, improve oxygen supply to the body, make a person feel more alive, and destroy harmful free oxygen radicals.

Germanium hydride and tetrahydride are highly flammable and explosive even when mixed with air. These substances irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Their inhalation causes stomach cramps, burning sensation, cough, redness, skin pain, redness and pain in the eyes, and damage to blood cells. Prolonged exposure can lead to death.

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

We can measure germanium 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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