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Lab Test Dictionary

Lead, Blood (599) (Venous Only)


Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS); Atomic Spectroscopy (AS)

Specimen Type

Whole Blood

Performing Lab

Quest Diagnostics Valencia

Epic ID


Lab Test Days


Standard TAT

1-2 Days

Collection Information

Specimen Required

0.5-3 mL Whole Blood (Venipuncture)

Container Type

Tan (EDTA)

Collection Instructions

0.5-3 mL Whole blood collected in an EDTA (royal blue-top) or Sodium Heparin (royal blue-top) tubes are also acceptable. Collection material such as alcohol swabs should be lead-free. Use powderless gloves. Clean skin (area for venipuncture) with lead-free alcohol swab prior to puncture. Avoid worksite collection.

Processing Information - Lab Use Only

Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Room Temp=5 Days; Refrigerated=14 Days; Frozen=60 Days

Rejection Criteria

Clotted specimen; EDTA (lavender-top) tubes; EDTA Microtainers

Test Volume Required

3 mL Whole Blood (Venipuncture)

Minimum Test Volume

0.5 mL Whole Blood (Venipuncture)


Tests performed on a specimen submitted in a non-trace element tube or non acid washed/non metal free container may not accurately reflect the patient's level. If a non-trace element tube/ container is received, it will be accepted for testing. However, elevated results shall be reported with a message that a re-submission with a trace element tube/container is recommended.

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