Hemochromatosis tests

Tests could include:

  • As its name suggests, a serum iron test measures how much iron is in your serum. Serum is the liquid that is left over from your blood plasma when the red blood cells and the clotting elements have been removed. This test can help your doctor figu...
  • Total iron binding capacity (TIBC) is a blood test that measures iron levels in the blood. The test helps measure the ability of a protein called transferrin to carry iron in the blood. How much iron is binding to this protein is a proxy for how m...
  • Your body relies on iron in red blood cells to carry oxygen to all its cells. Without enough iron, your red blood cells will be unable to supply enough oxygen.
  • An electrocardiogram (also known as an ECG or EKG) is a simple, painless test that measures your heart's electrical activity. Every heartbeat is triggered by an electrical signal that starts at the top of your heart and travels to the bottom. Hear...
  • A computerized tomography scan (CT or CAT scan) is a series of cross-sectional X-ray images of your body. CT scans are used to examine your bones and soft tissues for damage or abnormalities. Often, these images can be combined to create a 3D pict...
  • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is a noninvasive test that uses magnets and radio waves to create images of the inside of your body. It allows doctors to see details of your organs and tissues without having to make any incisions. Accordin...
  • In some cases, your doctor may decide that he or she needs a sample of your tissue or your cells to help diagnose an illness or identify a cancer. This removal of tissue or cells is called a biopsy. While a biopsy may sound scary, it's important t...
  • Test and diagnose prostate cancer with a prostate biopsy, a urinanalysis, a digital rectal examination or a physical exam. Learn more!
  • Liver function tests measure levels of proteins, enzymes, or bilirubin in your blood to help screen for problems such as infections, scarring, and disorders.
  • Proteins circulate throughout your blood to help your body maintain fluid balance. Albumin is produced in the liver, and is one of the most abundant proteins in your blood's fluid or plasma. A proper balance of albumin is required to keep fluid fr...
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