Nutritional  Hormones
Cardiovascular Genetics 

Micronutrient Testing for Nutritional Deficiencies

Micronutrient Testing

SpectraCell's micronutrient testing is a clinically effective diagnostic tool for the prevention and management of chronic disease conditions. There is overwhelming evidence confirming that nutrient deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function contributing to chronic disease process including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer's.

 Comprehensive Nutritional Panel

Micronutrient Testing Comprehensive Nutritional Panel

Immunidex

SpectraCell's Immunidex is part of SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Testing panel. A patient’s Immunidex score is one measurement to evaluate a person’s cell-mediated immune system performance. Specifically, it measures T-cell lymphocyte proliferation. Since immune function is a systemic measure of general health, a higher Immunidex score is generally desired since it means a person can respond efficiently not only to exogenous threats such as pathogens or allergens, but also to endogenous threats like tumors. The immune system, comprised of both cell-mediated (Th1) and humoral (Th2) components, when balanced and performing optimally, affords us critical protection and promotes health and wellness. 

Micronutrient deficiencies will undermine a person’s immune function, and thus lower the Immunidex. Since the highly complex immune system is dependent on the intracellular availability of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, correcting specific micronutrient deficiencies typically raises the Immunidex and contributes to tangible clinical benefits, such as reduced infections and may assist in achieving Th1/Th2 balance. 

There is no additional charge for this calculated test result. Ordering instructions are the same – same kit, same blood draw instructions.

Collection/Packaging Instructions

**Fasting is not required**

  1. Collect two 8.5 ml ACD yellow top  tubes of blood using a 21 gauge needle.
  2. Gently invert 5 times to mix the blood thoroughly with the anticoagulant.
  3. DO NOT SPIN, REFRIGERATE or FREEZE the specimen.
  4. Label tube with patient name and date and affix sticker from requisition.
  5. Tubes and absorbent pad are placed back into clear plastic box.
  6. The clear plastic box is put into the biohazard bag and sealed. The completed requisition is put into the outside pocket.
  7. The biohazard bag is then placed into the cardboard box.
  8. Insert the box into the supplied Lab Pack envelope, seal tightly and affix the FedEx expanded billable stamp to the indicated spot. (Up to 4 boxes may be placed in one Lab Pack envelope.)
  9. Complete the "Shipper" portion of the stamp.

***IMPORTANT NOTE: If a patient has leukemia, HIV/AIDS, Auto-Immune Condition or is known or suspected to have a low white blood cell count, please collect 3 ACD tubes of whole blood. A low white cell count can result in too few viable cells available for culture and testing***

Shipping Instructions:

  • DO NOT PLACE THE SHIPMENT IN A DROP BOX
  • DO NOT USE THE AUTOMATED SYSTEM WHEN CALLING FOR A PICK UP.  SPEAK WITH A CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE.
  • It is very important to receive the specimens the day after collection
  • Call FedEx for courier pickup ASAP at 800-463-3339, but no later than 3:00PM Monday - Friday
  • Give your address as the pickup location
  • THE LABORATORY IS OPEN ON SATURDAYS TO RECEIVE SPECIMENS COLLECTED ON FRIDAYS 

Report Delivery

  • Results are typically available within 10-14 business days.
  • Reports are delivered via general mail or electronically (read below for details).

*HIPAA aware: Electronic delivery system is completely confidential and secure.

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