At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To help evaluate the bone marrow's ability to produce red blood cells (RBCs); to help distinguish between various causes of anemia; to help monitor bone marrow response and the return of normal marrow function following chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, or post-treatment follow-up for iron deficiency anemia, vitamin B12 or folate deficiency anemia, or renal failure
When to Get Tested?
A blood sample obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in your arm or sometimes from a fingerstick or heelstick (infant)
Test Preparation Needed?