Europium is a soft, silver metal. It is the most reactive of the lanthanide group: it oxidizes rapidly in the air at room temperature, burns at 150 to 180°C, and reacts very rapidly with water.
Europium is a neutron absorber and is used in nuclear reactor control rods. It is also used in the manufacture of televisions, in special light bulbs, and elsewhere.
Europium is one of the least abundant rare earth elements. It is never found in nature as a free element.
Impact of Europium on human health
Europium has no known biological role. Europium salts may be slightly toxic when ingested, but their toxicity has not been fully investigated.
Europium does not appear to pose an environmental threat to plants and animals.
How can one determine if one has been exposed to Europium?
We can measure Europium's levels in the 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)!
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-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 from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings, and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal 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 we contact your doctor to get the best possible medical care.