Total Iron Test
Total Iron Test FAQ
What is tested in the total iron test?
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Total Iron Lab Test - More Information
The iron test, also known as a total iron level test, measures the serum iron level.
Iron, also known as ferrum (Fe) is an elemental metal that plays many important roles in industry but also in the body. Iron helps bind other molecules and is vital in moving oxygen throughout the body as a component of hemoglobin. Iron levels are tightly regulated in the body because iron can cause rapid oxidation and cellular damage when unbound. In the diet, iron can be found in sources such as meat, green leafy vegetables, and supplements. Total iron levels are helpful in evaluating conditions such as iron deficiency and hemochromatosis. Iron deficiency is common around the world and in some women who have heavy menstrual bleeding.
To get a total iron level test near you, order online and get your blood drawn at a local Quest Diagnostics lab. Once the total iron lab report is ready, it will be available for download. As can be seen on the sample iron lab report above, iron blood levels are reported as a numerical value and can be compared against the reference range provide by the lab. Fasting is recommended before a total iron blood test as iron values do decrease throughout the day. For a look at total iron levels in the context of iron saturation, the iron & TIBC test panel is a better option. For a more comprehensive look at body iron stores, check out this iron blood test panel.
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