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Aluminum, Serum


TESTING AREA: Referral (Mayo Code: AL)

Days Tested: Tuesday, 8 a.m.; Thursday, 12 p.m.
Analytic Time: 1 - 7 days

Preferred: No Additive - Red Label (Dark Blue)
Volume: 7.0 mL blood
Min. Vol.: 1.5 mL blood


  1. Clean the venipuncture site with alcohol; Do not use providone-iodine.
  2. Allow to clot for 30 minutes.
  3. Centrifuge and pour serum into the metal free vial avoiding transfer of cellular components of the blood. Double spin.
  4. Do not insert pipette into serum. Transfer specimen by pouring from one tube to another.
  5. Do not ream specimen with wooden stick to remove clots.
  6. High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are known to interfere with most metals tests. If either gadolinium- or iodine-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.

Specimen Type Preferred: Serum (Dark Blue-No Additive)

  • Preferred:
    • Refrigerated (2° to 8°C) - 7 days
  • Acceptable:
    • Ambient (20° to 25°C) - 7 days
    • Frozen (-15° to -30°C) - 7 days

Acceptable Specimen: N/A

Volume: 1.2 mL

Min. Volume: 0.3 mL

Transport (Submission) Container: Metal Free Plastic Vial from Mayo

Reject Due To:

  • Hemolysis: Mild OK; Gross OK
  • Lipemia: Mild OK; Gross OK
  • Icterus: Mild OK, Gross reject 
  • Other: N/A

Specimen Retention Time: 14 days at Mayo

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