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Test Code BLOD1555 Lead, Venous, with Demographics, Blood

Additional Codes

Mayo Test Code: PBDV

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation: High concentrations of gadolinium and iodine are known to interfere with most metals tests. If either gadolinium- or iodine-containing contrast media has been administered, a specimen should not be collected for 96 hours.


Metal Free B-D Tube (EDTA), 6 mL (T183)

Metal Free (Lead only) EDTA Tube, 3mL (T615)

If ordering the trace element blood collection tube from BD, order catalog #368381


Preferred: Royal blue-top BD Vacutainer Plus with EDTA blood collection tube (T183)

Acceptable: Tan-top (lead only) BD Vacutainer Plus with EDTA blood collection tube (T615)

Specimen Volume: 2 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. See Trace Metals Analysis Specimen Collection and Transport in Special Instructions for complete instructions.

2. Send specimen in original tube.


1. Lead/Heavy Metals Reporting Form (T491) in Special Instructions

2. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a General Request Form (T239) with the specimen (

Useful For

Detecting lead toxicity

Profile Information

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
PBBV Lead, Venous, B No Yes
DEMO8 Patient Demographics No Yes

Method Name

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)

Specimen Type

Whole blood

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.1 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Whole blood Refrigerated (preferred) 28 days
  Ambient  28 days
  Frozen  28 days

Reject Due To


Mild OK; Gross OK


Mild OK; Gross OK


Mild OK; Gross reject



Reference Values

All Ages: 0.0-4.9 mcg/dL

Critical values

Pediatrics (≤15 years): ≥20.0 mcg/dL

Adults (≥16 years): ≥70.0 mcg/dL

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Friday; 5 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m.

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

See Individual Test IDs

CPT Code Information