Geisinger Medical Laboratories/Geisinger Proven Diagnostics Test Catalog

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

COBALT, BLOOD

ORDERING INFORMATION:
Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB1108         Geisinger Epic ID: 52357

SPECIMEN COLLECTION
Specimen type:
Whole blood
Preferred collection container:
Specimen required:
4 mL whole blood; minimum 2 mL
Special notes:
Avoid worksite collection. To avoid contamination, use powderless gloves. Do not aliquot specimens.
Patient preparation:
Patient should refrain from taking mineral supplements, vitamin B12 or vitamin B complex three days before specimen collection.

SPECIMEN PROCESSING
Specimen processing instructions:
Do not aliquot specimens. 
Transport temperature:
Refrigerated (cold packs).
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: 48 hours. Refrigerated: 5 days. Frozen: Unacceptable.

TEST DETAILS
Additional information:
Tests performed on a specimen submitted in a nontrace element tube or nonacid-washed/nonmetal-free container may not accurately reflect the patient's level. If a nontrace element tube/container is received, it will be accepted for testing; however, elevated results are reported with the message that resubmission with a trace element tube/container is recommended.

This test was developed and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes
CPT code(s):
83018
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.
Synonyms:
Quest test code 35417; Cobalt, Bloo
Clinical significance:
Cobalt is part of our diet. Approximately 85% of absorbed cobalt is excreted in the urine and the remainder eliminated in stool. Toxicity may occur in select industrial environments. Cobalt is not mined in the United States so primary supplies are imported.

Performing Locations

Quest Diagnostics

Technical Lead: Michael Weaver    
Frequency: Set up: Tues-Sat evenings; Report available: Same day    
Performed stat? No
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