Beta-2-Microglobulin Assay Now Available in Clinical Chemistry Laboratory

Effective Tuesday, April 24, 2012, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics core clinical laboratory will begin running the Roche Diagnostics assay for beta-2-microglobulin. This assay will be available in Epic as "BETA 2 MICROGLOBULIN" [LAB49] and replace the current mailout test (which uses the same methodology and units of measurement).

Reference Range: 1.1-2.4 mg/L (no change from current reference range)
Specimen Type: 4.5 mL light green plasma separator tube (PST)
Minimum Requirements (Adult): 3 mL whole blood from one light green plasma separator tube (PST)
Minimum Requirements (Peds): ONE light green top microtainer (pediatric patients)
Test Availability: 24 hours/day, 7 days a week (including holidays)
Turnaround Time: 1 hour upon receipt in laboratory

Questions should be directed to Matthew Krasowski, MD, PhD, medical director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory (384-9380,