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Test Code HG Mercury, Blood

Additional Codes

ALAB: Y7Q

Powerchart: Mercury Level

MA Cerner: Mercury

Reporting Name

Mercury, B

Useful For

Detecting mercury toxicity

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type

Whole blood


Specimen Required


Patient Preparation: High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are known to interfere with most metal tests. If either gadolinium- or iodine-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.

Container/Tube: Royal blue top (EDTA) plastic trace element blood collection tube

Specimen Volume: Full tube

Collection Instructions:

1. See Trace Metals Analysis Specimen Collection and Transport in Special Instructions for complete instructions.

2. Send whole blood specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.3 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Whole blood Refrigerated (preferred) 28 days
  Ambient  28 days
  Frozen  28 days

Reference Values

<10 ng/mL

Reference values apply to all ages.

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Saturday

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

83825

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
HG Mercury, B 5685-3

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
8618 Mercury, B 5685-3

Report Available

1 to 2 days

Reject Due To

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia OK
Gross icterus OK

Method Name

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)