Test Kit Instructions


Mercury Tri-Test and Blood Metals Panel

Quicksilver Scientific is a CLIA-certified laboratory that offers mercury speciation and blood metal testing for human health. We use state-of-the-art testing technology—including patented mercury speciation technology—to give the most accurate and reliable metal testing available today. The Mercury Tri-Test is the only clinical testing suite that utilizes blood, hair, and urine to measure both exposures and excretion abilities. The Blood Metals Panel screens a broad range of nutrient and toxic metals to show elevated exposures to toxic metals and imbalanced nutrient metals in whole blood.

The turnaround time for results is 2–3 weeks from the date that the Quicksilver Laboratory receives the samples.


Before you begin, make sure you have been provided each of the following… 

Patient Requisition Form (PRF)

 This form provided in your Test Kit (or by your practitioner) requests your contact information and indicates which samples you intend to provide the Quicksilver Laboratory for analysis. Please be sure to complete everything on the PRF, including which test you are submitting and method of payment. Make sure to return the PRF in the box with your samples—this is very important. Your samples cannot be analyzed without this form. 

Sampling Kit

Test Kit Instruction


The Quicksilver Scientific Test Kit contains these supplies for preparing and shipping samples for both tests.

  • 4 sample labels 
  • 2 absorbent cloths 
  • 2 biohazard zip-top bags  
  • 2 blood collection tubes
  • 1 urine collection beaker 
  • 1 urine sample test tube
  • 1 hair collection bag 
  • 1 cardboard box for shipping 
  • 1 UPS Lab Pak
  • 1 pre-paid UPS shipping label
  • Patient Requisition Form

Taking Samples, Shipping Samples

For the best results, Quicksilver Scientific needs the correct

amount of samples to arrive safely at the laboratory.  These patient instructions will help you to correctly take, package, and send your samples to the laboratory. All of the labeling and packaging materials are contained in the sampling kit. For best results, urine and blood samples should be taken within 24 hours of each other and no later than 48 hours of each other.



(Mercury Tri Test and/or Blood Metals Panel)

Please note that for blood collection, Quicksilver Scientific recommends for patients to go to their practitioner, a clinical laboratory, or a local hospital. You will be responsible for any additional fees.


If you are going to a separate collection site (not your practitioner’s office) for your blood draw: Call the collection site before going for your  draw to confirm that they offer blood draw service for Test Kits they do not carry. Some phlebotomy laboratories may require that they ship the sample directly to us rather than release it back to you. Ask if you need to bring your kit, including hair and urine samples and the shipping materials with you, so that they can package your sample and ship it from the location.

DO NOT eat seafood or fish products for 48–72 hours prior to collecting your blood sample. Fish oils are OK.

What you’ll need:

  • EDTA preserved vacutainer blood tube(s)—has rounded bottom and dark blue cap
  • Sample label(s)
  • Absorbent cloth(s)
  • Biohazard ‘lab-loc’ zip top bag
  • Patient Requisition Form


  1. Take your Patient Requisition Form to the collection site to get your blood drawn. It should be drawn in an EDTA preserved vacutainer blood tube.
  2. Fill each tube at least half way (minimum 2 mL per tube)
  3. Wrap the tube in the absorbent cloth provided and place the wrapped tube into the biohazard zip-top bag.
  4. If requesting both the Mercury Tri-Test and Blood Metals Panel, please have TWO samples drawn.

Note: DO NOT spin blood down or freeze blood. We cannot analyze clotted blood. No ice packs are needed for shipping.



(only for Mercury Tri Test)

What you’ll need:

  • Sample label
  • Urine collection beaker
  • Urine sample test tube – conical tube with screw top
  • Absorbent cloth
  • Biohazard “lab-loc” zip top bag



  1. Take your urine sample preferably during your first morning emission. Use the plastic collection beaker to take a

midstream sample (not the beginning or end of the flow).

  1. Transfer a small amount of your sample into the urine sample test tube. The sample should come between lines marked 9 and 11. DO NOT fill the sample test tube to the very top. Tightly cap the sample test tube, making sure the cap is not crooked (mis-threaded) or leaking.
  2. Write your name, date of birth, and sample date on the sample label provided. Affix the label on the test tube.
  3. Wrap the test tube in the absorbent cloth, and place the wrapped vial into the biohazard zip-top bag.



(Only for Mercury Tri Test)

* You may want to ask a friend or family member to help you take your hair sample.

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors or shears
  • Sample label
  • Hair collection bag
Sufficient sample


Insufficient sample



  1. Write your name, date of birth, and sample date on the sample label provided, and affix it to the hair bag.  
  2. Pinch a section of hair at the base of the back of your head. The amount of hair should be about as thick as a pencil lead, between 100 and 200 strands of hair.
  3. Using scissors, cut the hair as close to the scalp as possible. You may want to ask a friend or family member to help you with this step. 
  4. Trim away the distal end by placing the hair you just cut onto a table. The sample should be about 1 inch in length, and 1 inch in width when laid flat. If your hair is too short, please double the width, 300-400 strands of hair, or about half a gram in weight. There must be a sufficient amount of hair sampled for analysis.
  5. Place the small section of hair (one closest to scalp) into the hair sample bag, and seal.

NOTE: DO NOT send a hair sample that has been treated with a perm; all other hair treatments including dye are acceptable.

If you do not have enough scalp hair or you have a perm, you can substitute pubic hair, in which case you should indicate that pubic hair is being submitted on the Patient Requisition Form.

Packaging and Shipping Your Samples

Once you have all of your samples, you are ready to ship them to the laboratory. Ship samples back to us on Mondays and Tuesdays (Wednesday at the latest). If they arrive over the weekend, we will not be open to receive them. If you are unable to collect and ship samples on these days, refrigerate samples (do not freeze) until they can be shipped. Keep tracking information for reference.


 What you’ll need:

  • Patient Requisition Form with payment information
  • Biohazard zip top bag containing blood sample
  • Biohazard zip top bag containing urine sample
  • Hair sample – in small sample bag
  • Cardboard box


  1. Complete the Patient Requisition Form. Fold it and place it in

the cardboard box.

  1. Place packaged samples in the provided cardboard box.  
  2. Place the cardboard box in the UPS Laboratory Pak and seal.
  3. Affix the UPS shipping label to the outside of the UPS Laboratory Pak.
  4. Drop off the sealed UPS Laboratory Pak with affixed shipping label at a UPS drop-box or shipping location. UPS drop boxes and locations can be found at .