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Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity

Test Code



Testing performed on Beckman Coulter DxC 700 AU with serum testing.

Test Utility

Used for the evaluation of iron deficiency, hemochromatosis, and to verify acute iron poisoning.

Specimen Storage and Stability

Serum iron is stable for 7 days at 2-8C or 4 days at room temperature (15-25C) after the serum is separated from red cells.

Specimen Collection and Preparation

Serum sample free from hemolysis is the recommended specimen. Remove serum from the red cells to minimize hemolysis. Samples should be taken in the morning from patients in a fasting state, since iron values can decrease by 30% during the course of the day. 3.0ML Gold or Tiger SST.

Specimen Rejection

  • Improperly labeled

  • Specimen grossly

  • Hemolyzed uncentrifuged

Reference Ranges

155 - 355ug/dL


Monday - Saturday, 16 hours a day.

Result available after getting the specimen in 5 hours.

STAT results available within 2 hours of receipt in the Laboratory.

*NOTE: All Specimen Refrigerated (2-8°C) for 7 days only.


Vibra Health Laboratory

Phone: (248) 846-0663

1307 Allen Dr, Suite A, Troy, MI 48083

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