Uranium is used as a fuel for nuclear reactors, armor piercing ammunition and guidance devices. Certain uranium compounds are used in the leather and wood industries for stains and dyes and coming back from war zones overseas. Uranium exposure may cause elevations of beta-2-microglobulin.

The adverse effects on human health include the following:

  • Lung cancer
  • Reactive airway disease
  • Neurological abnormalities
  • Vision degradation
  • Lymphoma and other cancers
  • Birth defects in offspring



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  • Fasting Required: NO
  • Preferred Specimen: Urine
  • Patient Preparation: Avoid exposure to gadolinium based contrast media for 48 hours prior to sample collection
  • Reference Range(s): See Laboratory Report
  • Turnaround Time: 3 Days
  • Test Code: 34698