Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS); Atomic Spectroscopy (AS)
Quest Diagnostics Valencia
0.5-3 mL Whole Blood (Venipuncture)
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.
Room Temp=5 Days; Refrigerated=14 Days; Frozen=60 Days
Clotted specimen; EDTA (lavender-top) tubes; EDTA Microtainers
3 mL Whole Blood (Venipuncture)
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.