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  QUESTION: Tooth lead testing. 04 Aug 2003, Victoria Australia

I cannot believe your fantastic service has lost its funding. The information you have provided me has been invaluable when Victorian Government Departments and even my GP thought I was concerned about nothing. I am trying now to contact Grahame Waller and Associates to arrange dental lead testing. I need to know the price and new phone number for this organisation, please. Thankyou again for your wonderful service.

Kelly Guyatt

ANSWER: 04 Aug 2003

Dear Kelly,

the tooth lead testing is now organised through DAL See below.

Regards
Elizabeth O'Brien

Update: June 2005.

NSW Health Dept - Division of Analytical Laboratories (DAL), part of Westmead AHS at Lidcombe.

Institute of Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, NSW Health Dept - Division of Analytical Laboratories (DAL), part of Westmead AHS at Lidcombe.
NATA accredited to test lead in food residues, agricultural products, blood, serum, urine, water, childrens toys and from buildings. Samples can be delivered to the lab between 9-4:30 weekdays or posted to PO Box 162 Lidcombe 2141, Less than 10 samples will cost $40 each and if total is less than $100, a cheque made out to "Division of Analytical Laboratories" must accompany the samples. Larger amounts will be billed.

As of June 2005, Lidcombe lab is now offering tooth lead testing to the public. The cost is $40 per tooth, aim is one week turnaround, there is no interpretive report, no identification of the tooth by a dentist and no guarantee that the lead is not on the outside of the tooth due to contamination in storage or transit. The Lidcombe lab was used for tooth lead assays in the PhD thesis on lead in children's teeth in Broken Hill by Monish Arora.

DAL Lidcombe Lab, PO Box 162, Lidcombe NSW 1825 Australia
PH dir 02 9646 0424, sw 02 9646 0222. WEB: www.health.nsw.gov.au

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry publication: Directory of Rare Analyses, indicates that National Medical Services (NMS), performs lead testing in Hair, Nails and other specimens for post-mortem or forensic cases. NMS also offers tooth lead testing as a "Special Request" test. They do not however work with private individuals. A person would need to either go through a Dr., Lawyer or another lab in order for NMS to do the testing.

NMS, 2300 Stratford Avenue, Willow Grove, PA, 19090-4195 USA
PH: 2156574900 or free call USA 800-522-6671
EMAIL: [email protected] WEB: www.nmslab.com

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