Ferritin Test

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Also known as: Serum ferritin
Related tests: Serum iron; TIBC

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To learn about the levels of iron stored in your body

When to Get Tested?

When your doctor suspects that  you have either too little or too much iron or too much iron in your system

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

You may be instructed to fast for 12 hours before the test; in this case, only water is permitted.