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Ferritin

Also known as: Serum ferritin level
Formal name: Ferritin, serum
Related tests: CBC, Serum iron, TIBC & UIBC, Transferrin, Iron tests, Zinc Protoporphyrin (ZPP)

 

  • Why should I do it?

To determine your body's total iron storage capacity

 

  • When should I do it?

When your doctor suspects that you may have too little or too much iron in your system

 

  • What Kind of Sample is Needed?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

 

  • Test Preparation Needed?

You may be instructed to fast for 12 hours before the test; in this case, only water is permitted.