Scottish Trace Element & Micronutrient Reference Laboratory

Scotland's specialised laboratory for trace elements and vitamins in health and disease

Turnaround times

Turnaround times are calculated from the time of receipt of sample to the time that result is available to be emailed, posted or accessed electronically by SCIStore. Target turnaround times are shown in the table below. In practice, our actual turnaround times are usually far better than this and so the average turnaround times for individual analytes are recorded in the tables found on each analyte's webpage. On occasions, clinical cases of toxic trace element poisonings require a faster turnaround time to optimise patient management. In such circumstances, please phone and we can usually arrange for our analytical runs to be reorganised to expedite analysis.

 

Measurand

Target (>90 % in working days)

Whole Blood Manganese

6

Plasma Selenium

6

Red Cell Selenium

6

Plasma Copper

6

Plasma Zinc

6

Urine Copper, Zinc, Magnesium & Iron

6

Plasma Aluminium

6

Whole Blood Lead, Mercury & Cadmium

6

Zinc Protoporphyrin

6

Urine Arsenic, Chromium, Cobalt, Cadmium, Nickel & Mercury

10

Liver Copper & Iron

10

Hair Arsenic & Mercury

10

Whole Blood Chromium & Cobalt

10

Trace Elements in Water

10

Plasma Vitamin A & E (and α & β carotene)

10

Plasma Vitamin C

10

Whole Blood Vitamin B1

10

Red Cell Vitamin B2

10

Red Cell Vitamin B6

10

Plasma Vitamin K

10

 

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