Clinical laboratories in hospitals and other venues used to perform medical and diagnostic tests on patients do not normally possess the equipment and resources to conduct radiological studies and assessments. Many specialist laboratories equipped to detect and measure radioisotopes are not sufficiently equipped or experienced to be able to detect low-level internal contamination or distinguish internalized, artificially formed, radioactive material from normal background levels of natural uranium in the body or environment. Physicians and patients seeking radiological bio-assay assessments from laboratories and non-clinical research settings should ensure that the facility they select is technologically capable of detecting and measuring radioisotopes below background levels and distinguish artificial uranium from natural uranium.
Because of the expressed limitations in the radio-biology and radiochemistry analytical capacity of governments and governmental-contract laboratories, UMRC has petitioned NATO member countries to establish independent radiological screening programs for veterans and civilians suspected of deleterious exposure to and or presenting with symptoms of uranium internal contamination. To date, UMRC is not aware of any NATO nations with screening programs capable of detecting and measuring low levels of radioisotopes in biological media. Persian Gulf, Balkan and Afghan veterans and civilians and their physicians have not been provided with the facilities, freedom or financing to select independent laboratories with the proven capabilities to conduct reliable studies to detect and measure uranium internal contamination.