Iron CPT: 83540
Expected Turnaround Time
Within 1 day
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.
Serum (preferred) or plasma (lithium heparin only). EDTA plasma causes decreased results.
Red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, or lavender-top (EDTA) tube.
Separate serum or plasma from cells within 45 minutes of collection.
Maintain specimen at room temperature.
Along with other iron tests, to determine your blood iron level; along with other tests, to help diagnose iron-deficiency anemia or iron overload.
When you have low hemoglobin and hematocrit on a complete blood count (CBC); when your healthcare practitioner suspects that you may have too little iron (deficiency) or too much iron (overload) in your body.
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm.
You may be instructed to have your blood drawn in the morning and/or fast for 12 hours before sample collection; in this case, only water is permitted. Follow any instructions from your healthcare practitioner and/or from the laboratory performing the test.