Cobalt

Overview

  • EPIC Code:
  • LAB3056
  • Soft Test Code:
  • COBAL
  • Send Out Test Code:
  • 345
Clinical Significance

Cobalt is essential for humans only as an integral part of Vitamin B12 (cobalamin). No other function for cobalt in the human body is known. This provides for normal reference ranges. Cobalt is found in metal alloys that are very hard, have high melting points, and are resistant to oxidation. Occupational exposure occurs during the production and machining of these metal alloys and has led to acute and chronic medical conditions


Specimen Collection & Preparation

Specimen Requirements

0.5 mL Serum from a Navy Blue Top Tube in a Serum Trace Element Metal Plastic Vial

Alternate Specimen

0.5 mL Plasma from a Navy Blue Top Tube - EDTA in a Plasma Trace Element Metal Plastic Vial

TransportAndStorage

10 days Ambient
10 days Refrigerated
10 days Frozen

Collection Instructions

 

Clinical Interpretation

Reference Range:

0.1-0.4 mcg/L


Methodology:
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma / Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

Clinical Significance

Cobalt is essential for humans only as an integral part of Vitamin B12 (cobalamin). No other function for cobalt in the human body is known. This provides for normal reference ranges. Cobalt is found in metal alloys that are very hard, have high melting points, and are resistant to oxidation. Occupational exposure occurs during the production and machining of these metal alloys and has led to acute and chronic medical conditions


Production Schedule

Sites Performed
  • Quest - Chantilly
Days Performed
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Departments
  • Sendouts - Clinical
Turn Around Time

2 to 3 days


Coding & Compliance

CDM

00913333


CPT Coding

83018