Hemoglobin
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Lab: Quest Diagnostics

Results: 1-2 business days
Note: Result turnaround times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

Description: The hemoglobin test may be used to screen for, diagnose, or monitor a number of conditions and diseases that affect red blood cells (RBCs) and/or the amount of hemoglobin in blood.This test can indicate if there is a problem with red blood cell production and/or lifespan, but it cannot determine the underlying cause.

Generally used to evaluate and monitor the severity of anemia (low RBCs, hemoglobin and hematocrit) or polycythemia (high RBCs, hemoglobin and hematocrit)

Alternative Name(s): Hgb