Improved direct determination of serum iron

F. Giuliani, U. De Luca, G. V. Melzi d'Eril, R. Moratti

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Ferene(TM) (Diagnostic Chemicals LTD, Canada) is used as the chromogenic agent in an improved direct method for determining serum iron. The colour reagent contains hydroxylamine, a reducing agent stable in solution, and a protein solubilizer to avoid deproteinization. The interference of serum copper is eliminated by complexation with thiourea. Reliability of the method has been established by a separate study of the reaction parameters, replicate analysis and recovery experiments. The results obtained by the proposed method correlate well with results of atomic absorption spectroscopy. A fully automated application is also proposed using a centrifugal analyzer with starter dispenser.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-10
Number of pages5
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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