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Heavy Metals Panel 3, Blood


Name Method Department Units
Heavy Metals, Blood Inductively coupled plasma/ mass spectrometry
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Specimen Requirements

Whole blood

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Royal blue (EDTA)

6 mL 6 mL

Room temperature - 7 day(s)
Refrigerated - 7 day(s)

Specimen Preparation

  • Do not centrifuge
  • Do not freeze
  • Transport to laboratory as soon as possible

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Centrifuged specimen
  • Heparinized specimens
  • Frozen specimen
  • Clotted specimen
  • Specimens transported in containers other than a Trace Element-Free Transport Tube


Patient Prep:  Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patients should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician), and avoid shellfish and seafood for 48 to 72 hours.

A completed demographic requisition must accompany specimen.


Lab Form

CPT Code

  • 82175
  • 83655
  • 83825