Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important for the body to maintain normal iron levels?

Normal iron levels are vital to maintain physical health, mental function and overall general well-being.

When is testing for iron disorders performed?

Testing for hepcidin levels is typically performed after being diagnosed with low iron levels.

How do hepcidin results help with managing iron disorders?

Hepcidin testing aids in assessing whether additional iron would improve patient health and quality of healthcare.

What other tests are needed to assess iron disorders?

The physician will utilize hepcidin collectively with additional diagnostic tests, as deemed appropriate, to help manage iron disorders.

How will the doctor or laboratory personnel take my sample?

A blood sample will be collected from a vein, most commonly from one of your arms.

Do I need to fast for the Intrinsic Hepcidin IDxTM Test?

The recommended sample is from a fasting patient, a first morning fast (for 8-12 hours) is preferable, but not required.  If possible avoid iron rich meals (e.g. red meat, certain green vegetables).

How long will it take for my doctor to receive test results?

The typical turnaround time is 10 business days.  Patients should also allow time for the physician to review results prior to scheduling a follow up visit.

Who receives test results?

The physician, the patient or a person authorized by the patient.

Are tests from IntrinsicDxTM covered by insurance?

Presently the Intrinsic Hepcidin IDxTM Test does not have a CPT code and is not covered by insurance.  Thus the cost of the Intrinsic Hepcidin IDxTM Test will be billed directly to the patient or institution.  We are working to have the cost of the Intrinsic Hepcidin IDxTM Test covered by all major insurance providers. All other tests offered by IntrinsicDx are reimbursed by all major insurance providers.