The iron concentration is measured by a timed-endpoint method.
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
Insufficient sample volume
Sample not stored at proper temperature
Frozen whole blood
Severely lipemic specimens
Specimen labeled incorrectly or not labeled
EDTA, oxalate or citrate samples
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