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Iron (Fe)

Also known as: Fe tests; Iron Indices
Formal name: Iron Tests
Related tests: Serum Iron, Ferritin; TIBC & UIBC, Transferrin; Zinc protoporphyrin; CBC; Hemoglobin; Hematocrit

 

  • Why should I do it?

To evaluate your body's current store of iron

 

  • 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?

Your doctor may request that you fast for 12 hours prior to some iron tests; in this case, only water is permitted.