Test Code

Preferred Specimen
2 mL serum collected in a no additive, trace element (royal blue-top) tube

Minimum Volume
0.7 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
Plasma collected in: EDTA or sodium heparin (royal blue-top) tube

Draw one royal blue-top tube of blood and discard. Draw second royal blue-top tube. Allow to clot in an upright position. Centrifuge and pour (do not pipette) the serum or plasma into a acid-washed or trace metal-free tube.

Transport Container
Plastic screw-cap vial, acid-washed, or metal-free

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 4 days
Refrigerated: 14 days
Frozen: 30 days

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

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

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Sat p.m.; Report available: Same day

Reference Range
Serum/Plasma <7 mcg/L
Dialysis patient            <40      mcg/L

Clinical Significance
Individuals undergoing hemodialysis are at risk for aluminum toxicity. Prolonged accumulation may cause anemia, encephalopathy, and vitamin D-resistant osteomalacia. Also, workers exposed to high levels or to longterm low levels of aluminum dust are at increased risk of toxicity.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

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.