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Test Compendium


Test Code

  • 6023

Test Synonym

  • beta carotene

Minimum Volume

  • 1.2 mL

Specimen Requirements

  • Serum


  • Amber Tube- Frozen


  • Frozen

Turn Around Time

  • 4 days

CPT Codes

  • 82380
    *The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are provided for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the responsibility of the billing entity. Please direct any questions regarding the CPT coding to the payer being billed.

Special Instructions

  • 2 mL serum FROZEN and Light Protected

Additional Information

  • Draw Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube; transfer to amber plastic transport tube with amber top. (If amber tubes are unavailable, cover standard transport tube completely, top and bottom, with aluminum foil. Identify specimen with patient's name directly on the container AND on the outside of the aluminum foil. Secure with tape.) Freeze and protect specimen from light. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, PLEASE SUBMIT SEPARATE FROZEN SPECIMENS FOR EACH TEST REQUESTED. 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).

Specimen Stability

  • AMBIENT: unstable REFRIGERATED: unstable FROZEN: