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Test Code AL 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

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type


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)

-Metal Free Specimen Vial (T173)

Container/Tube: Greiner Z Trace Element

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

Specimen Volume: 1.2 mL

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

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.3 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days METAL FREE
  Ambient  7 days METAL FREE
  Frozen  7 days METAL FREE

Reference Values

0-6 ng/mL (all ages)

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


For SI unit Reference Values, see

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Tuesday; 8 a.m.

Thursday; 12 p.m.

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

Method Name

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


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Renal Diagnostics Test Request (T830) with the specimen.