Ferritin, Serum

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Ferritin is a protein found in cells that stores and transports iron, used to measure the body’s total iron stores. High or low ferritin levels may indicate anemia, iron deficiency, disease, or inflammation. Serum testing is used to measure levels of hormones/proteins to gain a snapshot of a person’s health, which helps diagnose and treat medical conditions. Examples include testing for thyroid hormones, testosterone, estrogen, vitamin D, hematocrit, and calcium.

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Ferritin and Serum testing are two common blood tests used to evaluate an individual’s health status. Ferritin is a protein found within the cells of our body and functions to store and transport iron. It is a measure of our body’s total iron stores, so when serum ferritin levels are low than this may indicate anemic or iron deficiency. Low ferritin levels are associated with fatigue, hair loss, poor concentration and listlessness. In contrast, high ferritin levels can be a sign of disease and inflammation, as well as a marker of cancer in some cases.Serum testing is used to measure levels of particular types of proteins or hormones in the blood. The type of serum test done depends on what type of health issue is being evaluated. For example, a serum test can be used to measure levels of thyroid hormones, which are important for controlling the body’s metabolism. Other types of serum tests may measure levels of the hormone testosterone, which is important in development of male characteristics and reproductive function, or levels of estrogen, which is important in development of female characteristics and reproductive function. Other common serum tests measure levels of vitamin D, hematocrit, and calcium. Serum tests can provide a snapshot of a person’s health that helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions.

FAQ's

AM I REQUIRED TO FAST?

You must fast at least twelve (12) hours prior to having your specimen collected.

IS A DOCTOR’S ORDER REQUIRED?

YES!

HOW LONG UNTIL MY RESULTS COME BACK?

LabCorp Not using insurance: Test results generally take between 24 to 72 business hours after your specimen is collected. If using insurance, the results may take longer.

Quest Diagnostics: Could take up to 10 business days.

Insurance Lab Requisition: Time frame varies depending on state.

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO HAVE MY LABS DRAWN?

You can walk in for same day testing at certain locations BUT we always recommend making an appointment at your lab location of choice to ensure you are seen in a timely fashion due to fasting.

You can walk in for same day testing at certain locations BUT we always recommend making an appointment at your lab location of choice to ensure you are seen in a timely fashion due to fasting.

Viking sends a copy of your Blood Test Order (Lab Requisition), electronically, to LabCorp or Quest depending on the choice you made.  A copy of the Blood Test Order will be sent to you via email. Please allow 24 hours or one business day for our staff to process your request.   It would be wise to bring the order with you to the lab as a reference when you arrive for your Lab appointment.

Make your appointment for a “Lab Draw” at your lab of choice.

LabCorp Locations and contact information: LabCorp Locations

Quest Locations and contact information: Quest Locations

HOW CAN I RECEIVE MY RESULTS?

Viking follows all HIPAA guidelines and state regulations regarding distribution of test results. You can choose to have your test results emailed or faxed. Patients can also create a patient portal via LabCorp/Quest and have access to their results online.

IF I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MY TEST RESULTS, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

We recommend setting up a consultation via our website with our VIKING medical staff.  https://vikingalternative.com/schedule-consultation