The revolutionary method to detect directly in your office and in real-time, the bioavailability of trace elements and heavy metal intoxication.
Method: Spectrophotometry

The OligoScan technology allows you to make a quick and precise analysis of the trace elements and heavy metals in the tissues of your patients.

The measurement is made directly in your office with a portable spectrophotometer device approved by OligoScan. The collected data from your patient is sent to the secure central Oligoscan server within a few clicks. And within 20 seconds, you get the results back.

This test is a revolutionary technique to check the mineral status of your patients in real time. For a health care provider, it allows you to know the most efficient supplementation that would maximize the nutritional benefits for your patients. In case of heavy metal toxicity, you can prescribe chelating techniques, supplements and/or lifestyle changes. Even more importantly, efficient mobilization is easily discernible with the Oligoscan and our upcoming clinician videos will explain all the details.

OligoScan is the most innovative testing methodology with the fastest turn around of results available anywhere in the world. The technology is an invaluable screening tool for actual tissue levels of minerals as opposed to other testing which is only indicative of what is being pulled out of that particular vector. Together with the urine, fecal, hair and blood measurements, the Oligoscan result transforms the information you have analogous to a 2 dimensional picture and turns it into a 3 dimensional holographic projection within which you can now practically interact.

The data is invaluable and makes for a very precious prevention tool allowing for a longitudinal follow-up of your patients’ mineral status, key mineral ratios, heavy metal levels, mobilization of those metals and overall oxidative stress.



The OligoScan technology utilizes spectrophotometry to obtain results on the amount of trace elements and heavy metals exist within tissue, calibrated specifically for a specific area of the body.

This is a quantitative analytical methodology, which consists in measuring the absorbance level or the optical density of a specific chemical or mineral substance.

The basic principle is that every type of compound, regardless if it is chemical or mineral based, absorbs, emits or reflects light (electromagnetic radiation) over a certain specific range of wavelengths.

The more the sample is concentrated, the more it absorbs the light within the limits of proportionality expressed in the law Beer-Lambert.

The spectrophotometry is used in many domains: chemistry, pharmacy, environment, food-processing industry, biology, medical /clinical, material/chemical engineering and clinical applications and many others.

In the clinical applications, spectrophotometry is used to examine blood or tissues for clinical diagnosis.




  • This analysis is actual with respect to a hair mineral analysis which reflects the status of the last 3 to 6 months.
  • Concentrations of essential elements and toxic metals are determined on a tissue level which can be a valuable asset to start a treatment plan immediately.
  • Follow-up can be done as soon as 6 weeks after starting an intervention.
  • The actual measurement is done very fast. After entering the required data: name, gender, d.o.b., height, weight and blood type, the actual results are available within 30 seconds.
    It is possible to enter a code, if you wish to keep the patients’ names anonymously.
  • The interrelationships of essential elements and toxic metals offer an indication for physiological disturbances such as immunity, enzyme function, gut assimilation and many more.

All physiological processes such as energy production, immunity, hormone regulation, detoxification and nutrient absorption depend on minerals, trace elements, vitamins, esential amino acids and fatty acids.

The risk for morbidity increases with deficiencies of these nutrients, what might be caused by inadequate supply, decreased absorption or increased usage and excessive toxic metal load.

One may argue that an adequate supply of nutrients contributes to or is required for optimal health. For a long time it was very labor-intensive and costly to determine deficiencies of nutrients or chronic loads with toxic metals. Now it is possible to perform measurements quickly and quantitatively with the aid of the OligoScan at the tissue level.

Because of the already known interactions between minerals, trace elements, and toxic metals, it is possible to obtain an understanding of possible distortions of different physiological functions.


The Oligoscan can measure minerals, trace elements and toxic, heavy metals via spectrophotometry. Photo means light and spectro refers to a continuous range of values, like the colours of the rainbow. The Oligoscan measures with a beam of light. What does the Oligoscan determine? The absorption of electromagnetic signals of each element.

The principle behind the measurement is the Beer-Lamberts law. Every substance absorbs and emits light of a particular wavelength range. The more concentrated a substance is, the more light is absorbed. This enables a quantitative analysis. Spectrophotometry is already being used in laboratories, chemistry, biology and industry.

Deficiencies of essential elements such as magnesium, zinc and selenium are detected via the Oligoscan within one minute. The Oligoscan measuring 20 for life essential minerals and trace elements and 14 toxic, heavy metals.

The Oligoscan has several strong advantages compared to other methods.

The Oligoscan gives results within a minute.

The measurement of the Oligoscan is significantly less expensive for the patient in comparison to analysis of blood, hair, or urine.

The Oligoscan is not stressful or harmful for the patient.

The Oligoscan is a tissue measurement, in contrast to almost all other tests.

This makes the Oligoscan a tremendous asset in diagnostics.

OligoScan Europe offers the possibility to determine the levels of minerals, trace elements and toxic heavy metals quickly and easily via spectrophotometry.

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It has long been known that minerals and trace elements are essential for nearly all biochemical processes. Great insight has been gained of which elements belong to which function. Now it is possible to give an estimate of different physiological functions. The trace elements zinc, copper, selenium and the mineral magnesium have a prominent role for the functioning of the immune system. If one or more of these elements are deficient, it may negatively affect the functioning of the immunity. Of course, there are more factors that influence this function. The OligoScan gives the clinician insight into the status of the necessary elements.

Other functions dependent on minerals, trace elements, and toxic metals, can be estimated as well; these include:

Intestinal assimilation
Tissue regeneration
Nerve Repair
Hormone function
Enzyme activity
and the cardiovascular system



  • In the current era humans, animals and plants are heavily exposed to toxic metals. Once they enter our bodies, they are excreted via the liver, kidneys and skin, but a large part is dumped from the blood into the tissues. This explains why blood tests for toxic metals are only meaningful in acute situations. Metals have different half-lives, even in one organ due to the differences in binding capacity between metal and bodily structures.Even in the lowest concentrations toxic metals may cause disorders and syndromes. Well known is the hypertensive effect of cadmium, depression caused by lead and immune weakness by mercury. Some metals are classified by the WHO as a class 1 carcinogen; it has been proven, that arsenic, cadmium, chromium(VI), and nickel cause cancer in humans. Chronic metal loads are still underestimated or even not recognized. Because everyone is being exposed to toxic metals, but not everyone is sick immediately, this problem is recognized by but a few. It is difficult to establish upper limits because the detrimental effects of metals is different for a sick individual than for someone who can detoxify properly. This genetically determined for a large part.Toxic metals cause health problems in many ways:
    – Metals cause harmful radical species (ROS, RNS, RCS). This results in an chronic often subclinical inflammation.
    – Metal displace trace elements and disrupt many enzymes. For example, cadmium has a preference for zinc-dependent enzymes.
    A zinc deficiency worsens are the effects of a cadmium intoxication.
    – Metals can trigger an autoimmune response.
    – Metals are electromagnetically active in particular, iron, cobalt and nickel.Toxic metals cause metabolic disorders, diseases and accelerate the aging process.The OligoScan immediately shows deficiencies of trace elements and toxic metal loads. This facilitates an immediate response.The most comprehensive textbook on the effects of all minerals, trace elements and toxic metals is dr. van der Schaar’sTextbook of Clinical Metal ToxicologyIn this two-part and 600 A4 pages comprehensive textbook a variety of orthomolecular supplements and various detox regimens are also discussed .For more information about this textbook, please send an email to: P.J. van der Schaar