Folic Acid (Folate)

CPT Code(s):

82746

Additional Information:

EPIC Test Name: FOLATE

Methodology:

Competative immunoassay

Performed:

Monday - Friday

Reported:

1-3 Business Day

Use:

This test aids in detection of folate deficiency.

Specimen Requirements:

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.)
Storage: Refrigerate
Stability (collection to time of analysis/testing):

  • Refrigerated: 8 hours
  • Frozen: 6-8 weeks

Collection Procedure:

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.

Reference Values:

3 - 17 ng/mL