This test measures Iron levels in the blood. Iron is a nutrient which is essential for a number of bodily processes including the production of red blood cells and proteins. Iron is absorbed from the food a person eats. Too little iron can lead to iron deficient anemia whereas too much can cause damage to organs such as the heart, liver and pancreas. People with iron deficiency may experience symptoms such as chronic fatigue, dizziness, weakness, headaches, shortness of breath, chest pain or leg pain. Symptoms of iron overload can include joint pain, fatigue, weakness, abdominal pain, chest pain and lack of sex drive.
This test is typically ordered when someone has abnormal results from a CBC test, especially if hematocrit and hemoglobin are low. It may also be done if someone has symptoms of iron deficiency or overload.
Because iron levels can vary from one day to the next, it is often useful to test iron along with other measurements. It is common to also order blood tests such as Ferritin, Transferrin or a more comprehensive test such as the Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC).
Turnaround time for the Iron test is typically 1 business day.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Iron testing does not have any special testing requirements.
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