Health Care

Get your BLL test results within minutes with ESA LeadCare II equipment

The recent ban on the wonder noodles ‘maggi‘ which has been a favourite among all age group especially kids have left people thinking ‘should we’ or ‘should we not’ believe the news about excess lead content in maggi. If one has been an avid consumer of maggi and wants to know how to get it detected or parents of kids who are among the most worried lot wants to know if it has really affected their kids can get it done with the easy movable ESA LeadCare II equipment. The ESA LeadCare II equipment gives the BLL test results within minutes.

The LeadCare II blood testing system is a rapid on-site, quantitative measurement of lead levels in human blood samples. The equipment is compact and easy-to-use. It delivers delivers quantitative blood-lead results in just three minutes. With the LeadCare II equipment which is hand held it is possible to make a rapid diagnosis and to initiate early intervention, since the quantitative analysis of lead in blood is conducted on site. An entire blood lead analysis including sample preparation and analysis can be performed in less than five minutes, says Mr Vinay Kumar C, Environmental Researcher at The National Referral Centre for Lead Projects in India (NRCLPI), Bengaluru.


The LeadCare II System relies on electrochemistry and a unique sensor to detect lead in whole blood. Most lead is carried in red blood cells. When a sample of whole blood is mixed with treatment reagent, the red blood cells are lysed and the lead is made available for detection. When a test is run, the analyzer applies a potential that causes the lead to collect on the Lead Care II sensor. The analyzer measures the amount of lead collected on the sensor and displays the result in μg/dL.

If the blood lead level (BLL) exceeds 5 (5>µg/dL) as suggested by CDC (Centre for Disease Control), which is the permissible BLL in a human as per the latest 2014 review, the potential for serious developmental problems escalates. BLL above 30 become serious basis for concern and BLLs above 70 create a probability of seizure, profound disability and even death. New born and young children are at greatest risk for elevated BLLs because of increasing mobility during the second year of life, resulting in more access to lead hazards. In addition, the developing nervous systems of young children are more susceptible to the adverse effects of lead, further added Vinay.

Hence getting the blood test done which determines one’s BLL is a better option if any parents /occupationally exposed workers have doubts. So where should people go for testing the BLL? The National Referral Centre for Lead Projects in India (NRCLPI) offers blood lead testing facilities using this ESA LeadCare II equipment across India at 37 centres. In Bengaluru the testing facility is available at NRCLPI, St John’s Medical College, Bangalore Baptist Hospital, Anand Diagnostic Centre and Kanava Diagnostic Centre. For testing in other cities one could contact: 08025502341 /


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Luna Dewan

Luna Dewan

With six years of her journalism experience, Luna Dewan has worked for leading print media like the New Indian Express, Deccan Chronicle and DNA. She has been writing on healthcare, environment and various other civic issues. She is now with as the Assistant Editor.


  1. Arjun R
    June 12, 2015 at 4:22 pm — Reply

    It’s indeed a great information regarding the lead test done for public.

  2. sheshachla
    June 13, 2015 at 2:34 am — Reply

    This article is very helpful. Thanks to the writer for giving such wonderful information. We glad to read such type of articles more.

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