Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

Order Display Name: Geisinger Epic Procedure Code Or ID CPT Code:  

N-TELOPEPTIDE, SERUM

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB1020         Geisinger Epic ID: 52005

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Serum
Preferred collection container:
Alternate Collection Container:
6 mL red-top (plain, non-serum separator) tube
Specimen required:
1 mL serum; minimum 0.5 mL

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Transport temperature:
Frozen.
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: Unacceptable. Refrigerated: Unacceptable. Frozen: 60 days.
Rejection criteria:
Specimen received not frozen.

TEST DETAILS
CPT code(s):
82523
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Methodology:
Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)
Synonyms:
Quest test code 900667; NTX, Serum; N-Telopeptid
Clinical significance:
Serum N-Telopeptide (NTx) levels may be used in predicting skeletal response (bone mineral density) to antiresorptive therapy and in monitoring bone resorption changes following initiation of antiresorptive therapy. Prior to initiating antiresorptive therapy, a serum NTx level is used to determine the probability for a decrease in bone mineral density (BMD) after one year in postmenopausal women treated with hormonal antiresorptive therapy relative to those treated with calcium supplementation.

Performing Locations

Quest Diagnostics

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Set up: Wed; Report available: 2-9 days    
Performed stat? No
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