Lipid Panel

Test Code

CPT Codes


Preferred Specimen
In-patient: 1 mL plasma from Green top (Lithium Heparin)
Out-patient: 1 mL serum from SST

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
1 ml serum from Serum Gel or Red Top

Draw specimen following an overnight (12-14 hour) fast.
Patient must not consume any alcohol for 24 hours before the specimen is drawn.

The preferred collection of lipid panels is a fasting specimen, but many physicians want to know these levels from a non-fasting patient. When the patient arrives at a collection site proceed as follows:
  • Ask the patient if they are fasting or not.
  • Document on the order only if they are NOT fasting, but do not turn the patient away.
  • Collect specimen as indicated.
  • When ordering the tests, document in the order comments "NOT FASTING" if indicated.

Specimen Stability
Specimen Type Temperature Time
Plasma Li Hep Refrigerated 7 days
Serum SST Refrigerated 7 days
Red Top – Separated* Refrigerated 7 days
*Centrifuge and aliquot into a plastic vial.

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

See individual tests for specific methodology.

Setup Schedule
Monday through Sunday; Continuously

Report Available
Same day

Reference Range
See individual test listings.
Cholesterol/HDL ratio:  <5.0
Definitive multi-study reference values of the CHOL/HDL ratio are not currently available.
Ratios below 3.5 are usually considered ideal.
Ratios above about 4.5-5.0 suggest progressively increasing coronary artery disease risk.
LDL Optimal:  <100 mg/dL
Near optimal:  101-129 mg/dL
Borderline high:  130-159 mg/dL
High:  160-189 mg/dL
Very high:  ≥190 mg/dL
Non-HDL Cholesterol:  ≤130
VLDL: 7-32 mg/dL
  • Unable to accurately calculate the VLDL when the Triglyceride value is >400

Performing Laboratory
Banner Fort Collins Medical Center Laboratory
McKee Medical Center Laboratory
North Colorado Medical Center Laboratory
Summit View Laboratory
Sterling Regional Medical Center
East Morgan County Hospital

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.