Heavy Metals Panel 3, Blood
Ordering Recommendation

Useful in the assessment of recent exposure to arsenic, mercury, and lead. For chronic exposure or the determination of arsenic species, refer to Heavy Metals Panel 4, Urine with Reflex to Arsenic Fractionation (0020572). For occupational exposure, consider Lead, Industrial Exposure Panel, Adults (0025016) and/or Cadmium Exposure Panel - OSHA (0025013).

Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry
1-4 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
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. 
Royal blue (K2EDTA or Na2EDTA). 
Specimen Preparation
Transport 7 mL whole blood in the original collection tube. (Min: 0.5 mL) 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Room temperature. Also acceptable: Refrigerated. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Specimens collected in tubes other than Royal Blue (EDTA). Specimens transported in containers other than Royal Blue (EDTA) tube or Trace Element-Free Transport Tube. Heparin anticoagulant. Clotted specimens. 
Trace Elements requisition form may be required (ARUP form #32990). 
Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: Unacceptable 
Reference Interval
Test Number
Reference Interval
0099045Arsenic, Blood0.0-12.0 µg/L
0099305Mercury, Whole Blood0.0-10.0 µg/L
0020098Lead, Blood (Venous)0.0-4.9 µg/dL

Interpretive Data
Refer to report.

Compliance Statement B: For laboratory developed tests not using a RUO kit, and for FDA approved, cleared or 510(k) exempt assays with alterations. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Mercury is volatile; concentration may decrease over time. If the specimen is drawn and stored in the appropriate container, the arsenic and lead values do not change with time.
Hotline History
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CPT Code(s)
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0020098Lead, Blood (Venous)77307-7
0099045Arsenic Blood5583-0
0099305Mercury Blood5685-3
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