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Mercury, Whole Blood


Name Method Department Units
Mercury, Blood Inductively coupled plasma/ mass spectrometry
Atomic absorption spectrometry
Send Out ug/L

Specimen Requirements

Whole blood

Container Type Container Size Specimen Volume

Royal blue (EDTA)

7 mL 7 mL

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

Specimen Preparation

  • Do not centrifuge
  • Do not freeze

Reasons for Rejection

  • Wrong collection tube
  • Frozen specimen
  • Heparinized specimens
  • 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. Patient should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician), and avoid shellfish and seafood for 48 to 72 hours.

If drawing blood for serum Copper and/or serum Zinc, draw royal blue no additive IN ADDITION to royal blue EDTA for Mercury. Also orderable as part of Heavy Metals Screen (XMETAL).  A completed demographic requisition must accompany specimen.


Lab Form

CPT Code

  • 83825