Folic Acid (Folate)
EPIC Test Name: FOLATE
Monday - Friday
1-3 Business Day
This test aids in detection of folate deficiency.
Specimen Type: Serum (preferred) or Plasma
Container/Tube: SST or Lithium Heparin (Green top)
Sample Volume: 1 mL
Minimum Volume: 0.2 mL (Repeat testing is not possible with this specimen volume.)
Stability (collection to time of analysis/testing):
- Refrigerated: 8 hours
- Frozen: 6-8 weeks
Collect specimen in SST tube. Allow to clot. Centrifuge and store refrigerated. Transport to lab. If transportation to lab will be delayed more than 8 hours, aliquot serum and freeze.