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Zinc RBC

Order Code ZRBC
Turnaround Time 2-4 days
Test Includes


Specimen Requirements
Specimen Source
Whole blood
Transport Container
(Specimen Container)

EDTA trace metal-free (royal blue-top) tube

Preferred Specimens
0.5 mL red blood cells
Minimum Volume (uL)
0.3 mL
Collection Instructions
(Transport Temperature)
Transport at Room Temperature
Specimen Stability
Temperature Period
Room temperature 7 days
Refrigerated 10 days
Frozen Unacceptable
Reject Criteria

Moderate hemolysis

Special Instructions

Red Blood Cells Trace Metal: Use the royal blue-top trace metal evacuated tube with EDTA or sodium heparin, for RBC trace metal testing. Packed Cells: Centrifuge to separate plasma from RBC’s and discard plasma. Transfer RBC’s to a plastic transfer vial from a Quest Diagnostics (trace element and metal free) collection kit or transfer to a plastic screw-cap vial.

Test Details
Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)
Reference Ranges

9.0 – 14.7 mg/L