Trace Mineral Screen (Serum)

Preferred Sample

Serum (1 ml minimum)




Days Tested


Turnaround Time

3-7 days


Screen for trace minerals by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). Assay includes cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium and zinc.


Bovine | Canine | Feline | Ovine | Caprine | Porcine | Equine

Shipping Requirements

After serum removed from blood clot, the serum can be stored and shipped at refrigeration or frozen temperatures.

Additional Instructions

Recommended collection of blood in royal blue top (trace element tubes). If submitted in another blood tube, avoid any contact with the rubber stopper. Allow the sample to clot (approximately 30 minutes). Centrifuge the sample, then transfer the serum to a metal-free plastic tube. Remove serum from clot within 4 hours to avoid hemolysis. Hemolysis will falsely elevate the iron in the sample.