Blood Lead Analysis
CDC recommends that a blood lead test be performed on all children at ages 1 and 2 years and on children age 36-72 months who have not been screened previously. Blood lead is the most common test in screening and diagnosing lead exposure. The Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories analyze over 14,000 blood lead specimens every year. Most specimens come from children under the age of six, but some blood lead tests are performed on expectant mothers and adults. The laboratory accepts three types of specimens for blood lead analysis: venipuncture, capillary finger stick collected in a microtainer, and dried blood spots from a finger stick collected on filter paper. Blood lead analysis is performed on an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer (ICP-MS). To learn more about blood lead testing and collection refer to the following links.