Methods and Applications Related to the Analysis of Heavy Metals Accumulated in Hair


  • Elif VARHAN ORAL Dicle University



Biomonitoring, biological material, human health, spectometric methods


People's exposure to heavy metals is gradually increasing due to increasing environmental pollution with developing technology. Studies have shown that hair samples can be used as a marker to asess exposure to heavy metals. Therefore, the number of studies on the determination of heavy metals accumulated in hair has been increasing recently. In this study, it was aimed to review and compile the literature studies on the investigation of some heavy metal contents accumulated in human hair.

In the literature reviewed, the most commonly used spectrometric techniques in determining the elemental contents of hair samples are; neutron activation analysis (INNA), X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF), electrothermal atomic absorption spectroscopy (ET-AAS, flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS), atomic fluorescence spectrometry. (AFS), cold vapor atomic absorption spectrometry (CV-AAS), hydride formation atomic absorption spectrometry (HG-AAS), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). In addition, biological samples such as hair, nails, urine, saliva, stool, teeth can be used to determine the toxic effects of heavy metals on the body, but hair samples are extremely important materials because they reflect the proportion of metals accumulated during the growth phase and can be stored. It was concluded that hair analyzes are important in determining the exposure to heavy metals


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How to Cite

VARHAN ORAL, E. (2023). Methods and Applications Related to the Analysis of Heavy Metals Accumulated in Hair . International Journal of Health and Applied Science, 1(1), 1–13.