Heavy Metals Screen, Whole Blood

Cleveland Heartlab H, Test

CPT Code: 82175(x1), 83655(x1), 83825(x1)
Order Code: C2400
Includes: Lead, Arsenic, and Mercury
ABN Requirement: No
Specimen: Whole Blood
Volume:  7.0 mL
Minimum Volume:  0.5 mL
Container: EDTA (Navy Blue top) tube


  1. Draw and gently invert 8 to 10 times.
  2. Label tube with patient information.
  3. Store collection tube refrigerated at 2-8°C until ready to ship.

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.

Transport: Store whole blood at 2-8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions provided with the Cleveland HeartLab shipping box.


Ambient (15-25°C): 7 days*
Refrigerated (2-8°C):
7 days*
Frozen (-20°C):
Not Acceptable

*Mercury is stable for 7 days. Mercury is volatile; concentration may decrease over time. Arsenic and Lead are stable over time if the specimen is collected and stored in the appropriate trace metal free tube.

Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than whole blood; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits; clotted specimens

Methodology: Atomic Absorption (AAB), Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Turn Around Time: 3-7 days

Reference Range:

LeadAll Ages0.0-4.9
Arsenic, BloodAll Ages0.0-12.0
Mercury, BloodAll Ages0.0-10.0

Intended Use: Used to identify and evaluate heavy metal exposure and toxicity.

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