Mercury, Hair [17800X]

Test Code
17800

CPT Codes
83825<br /> **This test is not available for New York patient testing.**

Preferred Specimen
Minimum: 5 gram hair

Instructions
Quantity: Three inches of head hair, approximately 0.5 grams. Typically this is the length of an index finger and width of a pencil.
1. Gather a lock of hair the width of the pencil from the back of the head.
2. Cut hair near scalp, cutting at least 3 inches. Do not cut scalp or pull hair from scalp.
3. Place hair in a plastic container (acid-washed or trace metal-free).
4. Indicate patient name and source of hair on outside of container. Note: Head hair is the preferred specimen. If head hair is not available, pubic, beard, mustache, or chest hair is acceptable, if enough quantity can be obtained. Beard trimmings or razor clippings are not acceptable.
5. Place container in a plastic bag.
6. Indicate testing needed, and send appropriate paperwork.
7. Send specimen at ambient temperature.

Cautions: Do not apply tape to hair.
Patients that have used a Grecian Formula product cannot have lead testing performed on their hair. Those products contain lead.

Transport Container
Acid Washed Metal Free Container

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: Not established
Refrigerated: Not established
Frozen: Not established

Methodology
Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon, Wed; Report available: 4 days

Reference Range
See Laboratory Report

Performing Laboratory
Mayo Clinic Laboratories
200 First Street SW
Rochester, MN 55905



The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.