Iron, liver tissue

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Iron, liver tissue-994

Iron, liver tissue
Hepatic iron index
Iron, liver T
Liver tissue biopsy
2 mg

Two mg of liver tissue is required. This is typically a piece of tissue from a 22-gauge needle biopsy at least 2 cm long. If an 18-gauge needle is used, the tissue must be at least 1 cm in length.


Submit entire specimen.


Mayo Metal Free Plastic Vial

Any specimen container other than a Mayo metal-free vial used should be plastic, leached with 10% nitric acid for 2 days, rinsed with redistilled water, and dried in clean air.


Refrigerated (preferred)

Frozen (OK)

Ambient (OK)

Mayo Clinic Laboratories (FET/8350): R-NX
Mo, We, Fr
2 - 5 days

Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)


Male: 200 - 2,400 µg/g dry weight
Female: 400 - 1,600 µg/g dry weight
Iron Index (≥ 13y): < 1.0 µmol/g/year