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Test Code Aluminum Aluminum, Serum

Reporting Name

Aluminum, S

Useful For

Preferred monitoring for aluminum toxicity in patients undergoing dialysis


Preferred test for routine aluminum screening


Monitoring metallic prosthetic implant wear

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.



Greiner Z Trace Element no-additive (Aluminum Only), 6 mL (T713)

Plain, royal-blue top Monoject trace element blood collection tube (previously T713)

Metal Free Specimen Vial (T173)

Container/Tube: Greiner Z Trace Element (T713)

Submission Container/Tube: 7-mL Mayo metal-free, screw-capped, polypropylene vial (T173)

Specimen Volume: 1.2 mL

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

Seattle Children's Hospital Note:

Collect 2.4 mL whole blood in a Navy Blue Top trace element tube. (Lawson #11930)


Processing Note: Use of a standard pipette is acceptable for aliquoting these samples.

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.3 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Ambient  7 days
  Frozen  7 days

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Tuesday, 8 a.m; Thursday, 12 p.m.

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Method Name

Dynamic Reaction Cell-Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (DRC-ICP-MS)

Method Description

Aluminum in serum and urine is analyzed by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) in dynamic reaction cell (DRC) mode using lithium (Li), gallium (Ga), and rhodium (Rh) as internal standards, and a salt matrix calibration.(Unpublished Mayo method)

Reference Values

0-6 ng/mL (all ages)

<60 ng/mL (dialysis patients-all ages)

Test Classification

This test uses a standard method. Its performance characteristics were determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
AL Aluminum, S 5574-9


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
8373 Aluminum, S 5574-9

Reject Due To


Mild OK; Gross OK


Mild OK; Gross OK


Mild OK; Gross reject