Iron and TIBC

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Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) tests are blood tests used to measure the amount of iron present in the body and how much of that iron is available for use in different body functions. Both of these tests are important for determining if someone has anemia or an iron overload.

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Description

Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC) tests are two blood tests used to assess someone’s iron status. Iron is an important mineral that is used for a variety of essential body functions. It helps transport oxygen in the blood and it is also important in the production of hemoglobin and other elements in the body. The Iron test measures how much iron is circulating in the blood while the TIBC test measures the amount of protein in the blood that is bound to iron. A low Iron level can indicate anemia, which is a condition caused by not enough iron in the blood. Anemia can lead to a number of symptoms including fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, and pale skin. A high Iron level can indicate an overload of iron, which can be caused by certain inherited conditions or from taking too many iron supplements. Too much iron in the body can cause liver or organ damage. TIBC is important because it is an indicator of how much of the iron present in the body is in a usable form. Both Iron and TIBC tests can be used to assess an individual’s health and determine whether they have anemia, an iron overload, or an iron deficiency. The results from these tests can help doctors devise a treatment plan to manage the patient’s condition and restore iron levels to healthy levels.

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