What is hepcidin?

Hepcidin is a hormone made in the liver.  It is the main regulator of iron in the body

Do patients need to fast for the Intrinsic Hepcidin IDx™ Test?

We recommend a sample from a fasting patient, a first morning sample after the 8-12 hours fast. If that is not possible, avoiding iron rich meals and iron supplements is recommended before the sample collection visit.

Does the test need to be ordered by a physician?

Yes, the test needs to be ordered by a physician before the blood sample is collected and sent for testing. The completed Laboratory Requisition form should accompany each sample.

What are your business hours?

Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm.  We are closed during federal holidays.

Who receives the test results?

The physician, the patient or the patient’s guardian, or a person authorized by the patient. 

How long will it take for the physician to receive test results?

The typical turnaround time is 3-5 business days. Patients should also allow time for the physician to review results prior to scheduling a follow up visit.

Are tests from IntrinsicDx™ covered by insurance?

Presently the Intrinsic Hepcidin IDx™ Test is not covered by insurance. Thus the cost of the Intrinsic Hepcidin IDx™ Test will be billed directly to the patient or institution. We accept payments by check and credit card.

How does hepcidin regulate iron?

Hepcidin blocks the iron stored in cells from entering the bloodstream. It also prevents the body from absorbing iron from the diet. Hepcidin controls the levels of iron in the blood when it responds to changes in dietary iron intake, low oxygen, inflammation, or red blood cell production.

To learn more about iron disorders, click here.

Where can I learn more about Hepcidin?

Please see the list of selected publications here.