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The iron concentration is measured by a timed-endpoint method.

Test Utility

This assay aids in the evaluation of several conditions such as RBC production/destruction, iron metabolism and transport disorders, iron deficiency anemia, hemochromatosis and to verify acute iron poisoning.

Specimen Collection and Preparation

Samples should be fasting and should be collected in the morning.

Serum or plasma sample in the following tubes:

  • Preferred Specimen: One Gold-top SST tube. (Minimum Whole Blood: 4.0 mL)

  • Also acceptable: One Green–top Heparin tube (Minimum Whole Blood: 3.0 mL)

Specimen Storage and Stability

Store serum or plasma at the following temperatures:

  • Room Temperature:  -15°C to 25°C 4 days

  • Refrigerated: 2°C to 8°C: up to 7 days

  • Frozen: Not indicated

Specimen Rejection

  • Insufficient sample volume

  • Sample not stored at proper temperature

  • Frozen whole blood

  • Hemolyzed samples

  • Severely lipemic specimens

  • Specimen labeled incorrectly or not labeled

  • EDTA, oxalate or citrate samples

Reference Pages


Monday – Saturday

Result available within 24 hours of receipt in laboratory

NOTE: Specimens are refrigerated (2-8°) for 7 days before disposal


Vibra Health Laboratory

1307- A, Allen Dr

Troy, MI 48083

(248) 846-0663

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