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Iridium (Ir)

Iridium is a hard, brittle, bright metal of the Platinum family. It is silver-white and is unique because it is the most corrosion-resistant element. It is not affected by air, water, or acids.

Today, the demand for Iridium comes mainly from the electronics, automotive, and chemical industries, where it is used to coat electrodes and catalysts. Iridium is primarily used in alloys, and it has many applications in scientific instruments.

Iridium levels in plants are below 20 ppb (parts per billion). Iridium is found in nature as a pure element and in various minerals.

Impact of iridium on human health

Iridium is highly flammable. It can cause eye irritation, but skin contact and inhalation do not appear to have any serious risks. Ingestion of iridium may cause digestive tract irritation.

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

Iridium levels can be measured in 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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