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TIBC, UIBC, and Transferrin

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Also known as: Iron Binding Capacity; IBC; Serum Iron-Binding Capacity; Siderophilin
Formal name: Total Iron Binding Capacity; Unsaturated Iron Binding Capacity; Transferrin; Transferrin Saturation

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To assess your body's ability to transport iron in the blood

When to Get Tested?

When your doctor suspects you may have too much or too little iron in your body because of a variety of conditions; to help monitor liver function and nutrition

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

You may be instructed to fast for 12 hours before the test; in this case, only water is allowed.