Cadmium, Blood

Test Code

Quest Code

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
4 mL whole blood collected in an EDTA (royal blue-top) tube

Minimum Volume
2 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
Sodium heparin (royal blue-top) tube

Avoid worksite collection. Phlebotomist should wear powderless gloves.

Note: Tests performed on a specimen submitted in a non-trace element tube or non acid washed/non metal free container may not accurately reflect the patient's level. If a non-trace element tube/container is received, it will be accepted for testing. However, elevated results shall be reported with a message that a resubmission with a trace element tube/container is recommended. EDTA (lavender-top) tube, Sodium heparin (green-top) and K2 EDTA (tan-top) and Sodium Heparin lead-free (tan-top) tubes will be run with disclaimer.

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 14 days
Refrigerated: 14 days
Frozen: 14 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Clotted specimen

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

FDA Status
This test was developed and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by FDA. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon, Wed, Fri; Report available: 1-4 days

Report Available
1 to 4 Day(s)

Test is indicated during periods of exposure.

Reference Range
Adults, Non-Smokers ≤1.7 mcg/L
Adults, Smokers ≤5.0 mcg/L
OSHA Reference Range ≤5.0 mcg/L
Toxic Concentration Early signs of toxicity have been observed at 30 mcg/L

Clinical Significance
Cadmium is a naturally occurring element that is mined and used in industrial production because of its durability. Excessive cadmium exposure can damage lungs, kidneys, and the digestive tract.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
27027 Tourney Road
Valencia, CA 91355-5386

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.