Also known as: Total calcium; Ionized calcium
Formal name: Calcium
Related tests: Phosphorus; Vitamin D; Parathyroid Hormone (PTH); Magnesium; Albumin; Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP); Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP); Kidney Stone Analysis
To determine if the level of calcium in your blood is within normal limits
As part of a routine metabolic panel, when you have kidney, bone, or nerve disease, or when symptoms of significantly increased or decreased calcium concentrations are present
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes a timed urine collection such as a 24-hour urine sample
Current practices do not require fasting or any other test preparation.