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Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry
Diagnosis of acute poisoning or toxicity.
ARSENIC (As): <13 ng/mL; CADMIUM (Cd): <5 mcg/mL; LEAD (Pb): <5 mcg/dL. Critical Values: age <=15 years: > or = 20 mcg/dL; age >=16 years: > or = 70 mcg/dL; MERCURY (Hg): <10 mcg/mL.
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
Royal blue (trace element) and/or Metal-Free aliquot tubes are available from MLabs (800-862-7284). Collect blood in a royal blue top (trace element) tube with EDTA (K2). Immediately mix blood sample by inverting gently 8 times. Refrigerate and send intact whole blood specimen. Do not collect specimens for trace metal testing from patients who have received gadolinium-, iodine-, or barium-containing contrast material within the past 96 hours. These metal-based contrast agents are known to interfere with laboratory techniques commonly used for trace metals analysis.