Test Catalog

Test Id : BOAC

Boron, Serum/Plasma

Method Name
A short description of the method used to perform the test

Inductively Coupled Plasma/Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP/OES)

NY State Available
Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Reporting Name
Lists a shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test


Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

Boron, Serum or Plasma


Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:



Specimen Type: Serum

Collection Container/Tube: Plastic Royal Blue top tube (Trace metal-free; No additive)

Specimen Volume: 2 mL

Collection Instructions: Draw blood in a trace metal free royal blue-top, no additive tube(s). (Serum gel tube is not acceptable.) Spin down and send 2 mL serum in an acid washed plastic screw capped vial (MCL supply number T619), ship refrigerate in a plastic vial.

Note: Label specimen appropriately (serum)



Specimen Type: Plasma

Container/Tube: Royal blue top tube (Trace metal-free; EDTA)

Specimen volume: 2 mL

Collection Instructions: Draw blood in a trace metal free royal blue-top EDTA tube(s). (Plasma gel tube is not acceptable.) Spin down and send 2 mL plasma in an acid washed plastic screw capped vial (MCL supply number T619), ship refrigerate in a plastic vial.

Note: Label specimen appropriately (plasma)

Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

0.7 mL

Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Other Glass container, Polymer gel separation tube (SST or PST)

Specimen Stability Information
Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Refrigerated (preferred) 30 days Acid Washed Plastic (MML Supply T619)
Ambient 30 days Acid Washed Plastic (MML Supply T619)
Frozen 30 days Acid Washed Plastic (MML Supply T619)

Reference Values
Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

Reporting limit determined each analysis


Normally: Less than 100 mcg/L


Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Specimens for elemental testing should be collected in certified metal-free containers. Elevated results for elemental testing may be caused by environmental contamination at the time of specimen collection and should be interpreted accordingly. It is recommended that unexpected elevated results be verified by testing another specimen.

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.

Monday through Sunday

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.

11 to 13 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

NMS Labs

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Test Classification
Provides information regarding the medical device classification for laboratory test kits and reagents. Tests may be classified as cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and used per manufacturer instructions, or as products that do not undergo full FDA review and approval, and are then labeled as an Analyte Specific Reagent (ASR) product.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by NMS Labs. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information
Provides guidance in determining the appropriate Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code(s) information for each test or profile. The listed CPT codes reflect Mayo Clinic Laboratories interpretation of CPT coding requirements. It is the responsibility of each laboratory to determine correct CPT codes to use for billing.

CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.


LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
BOAC Boron 5607-7
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
Z1308 Boron 5607-7
Z1470 Reporting Limit 19147-8

Test Setup Resources

Setup Files
Test setup information contains test file definition details to support order and result interfacing between Mayo Clinic Laboratories and your Laboratory Information System.

Excel | Pdf

Sample Reports
Normal and Abnormal sample reports are provided as references for report appearance.

Normal Reports | Abnormal Reports

SI Sample Reports
International System (SI) of Unit reports are provided for a limited number of tests. These reports are intended for international account use and are only available through MayoLINK accounts that have been defined to receive them.

SI Normal Reports | SI Abnormal Reports

Test Update Resources

Change Type Effective Date
Test Changes - Specimen Information 2023-03-20
Test Changes - Referral Fee 2022-05-01