Cobalt, Joint Fluid

Abbrev Code:COBFLD   
Order Code:LAB6955Order Name:Cobalt Fluid
Methodology:Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry
CPT Codes: 83018 x1
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 4-10 days.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.4 mL
Container:Sterile tube
Patient Preparation:High concentrations of iodine may interfere with elemental testing. Patients should abstain from iodine-containing medications or contrast agents for at least 1 month prior to specimen collection.
Causes for Rejection:Separator tubes and gels. Fluid collected after administration of gadolinium (Gd) containing contrast media (may occur with MRI studies).

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Transfer 1 mL, 0.4 mL minimum, joint fluid into a Trace Element-Free Transport Tube. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (National Medical Services via ARUP)
Referral Lab number:1290FL

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