Test Overview
Test Methodology

Inductively Coupled Plasma - Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Test Usage

Monitoring selenium replacement therapy.

Reference Range *

Age 0-2 months: 45 - 90 ng/mL; age 3-6 months: 50 - 120 ng/mL; age 7-9 months:
60 - 120 ng/mL; age 10-12 months: 70 - 130 ng/mL; age >1 year: 70 - 150 ng/mL.

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

Test Details
Days Set Up
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Analytic Time

6 hours

Soft Order Code
MiChart Code
Selenium, Serum
Chemical Pathology
Drug Analysis
Specimen Requirements
Collection Instructions

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 no preservative (serum). Allow specimen to clot for 30 minutes, centrifuge, and carefully pour serum into a metal-free aliquot tube, avoiding transfer of the cellular components of blood. Do not insert a pipet into the serum to transfer and do not ream the specimen with a wooden stick to assist with the transfer. Refrigerate up to 48 hours or freeze for longer storage. 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.

High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are known to interfere with most metals tests. If either gadolinium or iodine containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.
Normal Volume
1.0 mL serum
Minimum Volume
0.5 mL serum
CPT Code
Fee Code
NY State Approved