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Iron Saturation

Alias: Transferrin Saturation

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: Iron is present in all cells in the human body, and has several vital functions. Examples include as a carrier of oxygen to the tissues from the lungs in the form of hemoglobin, as a transport medium for electrons within the cells in the form of cytochromes, and as an integral part of enzyme reactions in various tissues.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Gold Top SST BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Light Green Top Microtainer BD;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Iron saturation
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Fasting may be required
Maximum add on time
5 days
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
RR for Male and Female
less than 14yrs - 2.8 - 22.9 umol/L
RR for Female
14yrs to less than 19yrs - 3.5 - 29.0 umol/L
RR for Male
14yrs to less than 19yrs - 5.5 - 30.0 umol/L
RR for Male and Female
0 to < 14yrs - 2.9 - 22.9 umol/L
RR for Female
14 to <19yrs - 3.6 - 29.0 umol/L
> 19yrs - 9.0 - 30.4 umol/L
RR for Male
14 to <19yrs - 5.5 - 30.1umol/L
>19yrs - 11.6 - 31.3 umol/L
UKAS number
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Last updated: 31-05-2024