Synonyms: Carotene; Beta Carotene; b Carotene
Computer Code: (RCARO)
Specimen Collection: 4 mL blood (red or gold top tube). Protect from light. Patients must fast a minimum of eight hours. Patients should avoid foods containing carotene for 48 hours (24 hours for patients younger than six months of age).
Minimum Volume: 3 mL
Handling Instructions for Offsite Areas: Allow to clot, centrifuge, remove serum, refrigerate. Protect from light. Min 1.2 mL serum.
Reference Values: See reference laboratory report.
Lab Code: Send Out
Requisition: SPEC C
Test Frequency: NA
Routine TAT: 7 days
Stat TAT: N/A
CPT Code(s): 82380
Methodology Used:
See Addendum XVII