Iron Studies

Iron Studies are a set of blood tests that measure and estimate the amount of elemental iron carried in the blood and stored in the body tissues.  Iron is an essential component of Haemoglobin and iron deficiency is a common cause of anaemia (low blood count).  If anaemia is diagnosed then further investigations and supplementation will usually be advised.

 

Iron stores are reflected by the ferritin level in this test, and levels may be decreased long before red blood cell production is affected and before actual anaemia develops. 

 

A condition called Hemochromatosis occurs when the body stores too much iron, and can damage organs such as the heart, pancreas, liver and the skin.  Genetic testing is usually ordered if ferritin is too high, and your health care practitioner will usually advise you to give some blood in order to decrease the stores.