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Rhodium (Rh)

Rhodium, together with ruthenium, palladium, osmium, iridium, and platinum, forms a group of elements referred to as the Platinum Group (PGM) metals. Rhodium is a shiny, white-silver metal with a higher melting point and lower density than platinum. It has high reflectivity and is tough and durable. Rhodium remains unaffected by air and water and is insoluble in most acids.

Rhodium Applications

Rhodium is mostly used in car catalytic converters. The metal's main use is in platinum and iridium alloys, which give improved resistance to high temperatures and oxidation. These alloys are used in furnaces, thermoelectric elements, and high-temperature cables, in aircraft, in jewelry, and as catalysts in a number of industrial processes.

Impact of Rhodium on human health

Most people do not come into contact with rhodium, which is highly toxic and carcinogenic. Rhodium compounds "stain" the skin very strongly. The body can absorb rhodium through inhalation. The health effects of exposure to rhodium have not been thoroughly investigated.

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

We can measure rhodium levels in blood and most biological materials.

Determination of metals is done by ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry, Inductively Coupled Argon 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. 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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