Synonyms: Iron Storage

NOTICE: This is a component of the Anemia Panel Conclusive Panel which may be more appealing than ordering this test alone.

Why It Is Done

Determine the cause of anemia. Determine whether inflammation is present. Determine whether hemochromatosis is present. Monitor the response to iron therapy.

Test Overview

A ferritin blood test measures the amount of ferritin in the blood. Ferritin is a protein in the body that binds to iron; most of the iron stored in the body is attached to ferritin. Ferritin is found in the liver, spleen, skeletal muscles, and bone marrow. Only a small amount is found in the blood. The amount of ferritin in the blood indicates the amount of iron stored in your body.

How To Prepare

No special preparation is necessary.