Days Set Up
Monday - Sunday
Analytic Time

8 - 12 days

MiChart Code
Soft Order Code

Test Updated:


Cu, Blood
Copper, Erythrocytes
Whole Blood Copper
RBC Copper

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP/OES)

Test Usage

In complications associated with diabetes, sickle cell disease and rheumatoid arthritis, copper is known to initiate free radical formation and lipid peroxidation.

Reference Range

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Collect specimen in a royal blue top (trace element) tube with EDTA (K2) . Send intact specimen to specimen processing within 2 hours of collection.

Collection Offsite

Call MLabs at 800-862-7284 to order Royal Blue (trace element) Vacutainer® tubes and/or Metal-Free Aliquot Transfer Tubes. Collect specimen in a royal blue top (trace element) tube with EDTA (K2). Centrifuge and remove plasma within 2 hours of collection (KEEP red blood cells). Leave RBCs in original royal blue top tube (replacing original stopper). Refrigerate

Trace Element Tube - Serum
Normal Volume
4 mL whole blood (2 mL RBC)
Minimum Volume
2 mL whole blood (0.7 mL RBC)

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Our High Standard

Quality that sets us apart

As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.