Test Catalog

Test ID: EEST    
Estradiol, Serum

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

The liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method employs an organic extraction to remove water-soluble conjugates and to allow for concentration of the specimen. The method is free from interferences and represents a reference methodology.


17 Beta-estradiol and estrone are extracted from 0.5 mL of serum with the organic solvent methylene chloride. Deuterated 17 beta-estradiol-d(5) and estrone-d(4) are added to each specimen before the liquid extraction and serve as internal standards. After derivatizatiod with dansyl chloride, HPLC is used prior to introduction of the derivatized sample extract into the MS/MS.(1) The calibration utilizes an 8-point standard curve over a concentration range of 0 to 600 pg/mL.(Anari MR, Bakhtiar R, Zhu B, et al: Derivatization of ethynylestradiol with dansyl chloride to enhance electrospray ionization: application in trace analysis of ethynylestradiol in Rhesus monkey plasma. Anal Chem 2002;74:4136-4144)

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


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

Monday through Friday

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

2 days

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Clinic Laboratories until the release of the test result

4 days

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

2 weeks

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