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Test Name:Arsenic, hair
Test Number:994
Collect:0.2 g hair
Minimum Volume:0.05 g hair
Container:Mayo Hair Transfer Vial
Processing:Place hair sample in the container included in the Hair and Nails Collection Kit (T565)
Transport/Stability:Ambient (preferred)
Refrigerated (OK)
Frozen (OK)
Alternate Names:Arsenic (As)
As (Arsenic)
Performing Lab:Mayo Clinic Laboratories (ASHA/8651); R-MM
Days Set Up:Tue; 3pm
Expected TAT:7 - 9 days
Ref. Ranges:0 –15 years: not established
≥16 years: 0.0 – 0.9 µg/g of hair
Processing Details:
Useful for: Detection of nonacute arsenic exposure.

Three inches of head hair, approximately 0.5 g, of hair is needed for testing. Typically this is the length of an index finger and the width of a pencil.
1. Gather a lock of hair the width of the pencil from the back of head.
2. Cut hair near scalp, cutting at least 3 inches. Do not cut scalp or pull hair from scalp.
3. Place hair in hair container provided.
4. Indicate patient name, a second identifier (MRN, accession number, birth date), and source of hair on outside of container.
Note: Head hair is the preferred specimen. If head hair is not available, pubic, beard, mustache or chest hair is acceptable if enough quantity can be obtained. Beard trimmings or razor clippings are not acceptable.
Method:Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
CPT Codes:82175
Supply Connection:Mayo Hair and Nails Collection Kit (T565)
Date Created:10/31/2007
Revised Date:11/08/2018