Test Catalog

Test ID: ALAUR    
Aminolevulinic Acid, Urine

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

Aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is determined by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) stable isotope dilution analysis. The urine is mixed with an internal standard (5-aminolevulinic acid, 13C5, 15N, ALA-IS) and filtered using a 0.2 mcM nylon filter vial. The ratios of the extracted peak areas of ALA to ALA-IS determined by LC-MS/MS are used to calculate the concentration of ALA present in the sample.(Lacey, JM, Magera MJ, Tortorelli S: Delta aminolevulinic acid quantitation in urine by LC-MS/MS. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2011;22, S1:pp 69)

PDF Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information


Day(s) Performed Outlines the days the test is performed. This field reflects the day that the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means that assays are performed multiple times during the day.

Tuesday, Thursday

Report Available The interval of time (receipt of sample at Mayo Clinic Laboratories to results available) taking into account standard setup days and weekends. The first day is the time that it typically takes for a result to be available. The last day is the time it might take, accounting for any necessary repeated testing.

3 to 7 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

14 days

Performing Laboratory Location Indicates the location of the laboratory that performs the test