In our quest to find the best and latest tools to help our patients, we are excited to be one of the first clinics in the United States to offer the OligoScan, an in-office spectrophotometer to determine intracellular levels of essential minerals, trace elements, toxic heavy metals, and oxidative stress and protection.
Developed in France, after decades of research, the OligoScan is a sophisticated test that is simple to administer. After getting specific essential information, such as height, weight, age, and blood type, readings are taken using the spectrophotometer device at four different locations on the person's non-dominant hand. Your data is uploaded to the OligoScan servers where it is analyzed against a vast database. You and your doctor can immediately see the results. With this information about your current state of health better treatment decisions can be made.
What is spectrophotometry?
Spectrophotometry is a quantitative analytical method of measuring the absorption or the optical density of a chemical. It is based on the principle of absorption, transmission or reflection of light by the chemical compounds over a specific wavelength range.
Spectrophotometry is used in many areas: chemistry, pharmaceuticals, environment, food, biology, medical/clinical, industrial and others. In the medical field, spectrophotometry is used to examine blood or tissue.
How is the Oligoscan different than tests such as blood, urine and hair analysis?
Most of these other tests measure either circulating levels of minerals or metals, such as with blood testing, or what the body is excreting, such as with urine and hair analysis. The OligoScan is unique in that it measures the levels of minerals and metals inside your cells.
For instance, a urine test for heavy metals showed high levels of lead and mercury. A chelating agent, which binds to heavy metals, was used. Different chelating agents are more selective for specific metals. In this case, the test results showed a higher lead in the urine because of the chelating agent used. The Oligoscan showed both these metals high in the tissues with mercury levels more elevated than the lead levels. The Oligoscan provided a more accurate picture of what was occurring in the tissues, indicating that the mercury was more of a problem than the lead levels.
Another example is seen in someone with high calcium in their hair analysis. On the OligoScan, the same patient may show a deficiency of intracellular calcium as they are not utilizing their calcium.
Blood tests are complementary and in many cases will also be performed to better understand the patient’s overall health.
How often should I get an Oligoscan?
One can immediately see the intracellular tissue levels of the various essential minerals, trace minerals, toxic heavy metals and oxidative stress and protection. Oligoscans are very advantageous as not only can one tell what is going on in the body right at that time, but follow-up scans can show how one's case is progressing. A follow-up scan may be performed anywhere from 6-12 weeks after the initial scan to make sure that the treatment protocol is working.
What am I looking for on a follow-up Oligoscan?
One of the most critical aspects of proper cellular function are ratios of certain essential minerals, such as Copper and Zinc and Sodium and Potassium. Generally, the practitioner will be looking for an improvement in these ratios as well as improvement in key elements. Changes in heavy metal toxicity will be noted, but this may shift in a way that indicates more mobilization of the metals as the body can better detoxify once the proper minerals are re-established. Improvement in blockages in the body and reduced oxidative stress are also essential shifts to consider.
Can children be tested on the OligoScan?
Children who are two years and older can be tested using the OligoScan. It is an ideal way to obtain useful information, and your child will enjoy the fact that they will not be getting any needles!
How much does an Oligoscan cost?
The current price for a scan in $169