AT A GLANCE
Also known as:Serum Ferritin
Formal name:Ferritin, serum
Related tests:Complete Blood Count, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Serum Iron, TIBC, UIBC and Transferrin,Iron Tests, Zinc Protoporphyrin, Soluble Transferrin Receptor
Why Get Tested?
To determine your body's total iron storage capacity
When to Get Tested?
When your doctor suspects that you may have too little or too much iron in your system
A blood sample drawn 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.