SFMON - Performance: Hemoglobin S and Hemoglobin F Quantitation for Therapeutic Monitoring, Blood

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Test ID: SFMON    
Hemoglobin S and Hemoglobin F Quantitation for Therapeutic Monitoring, Blood

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

This test is performed via cation-exchange HPLC. Hemolyzed specimens are maintained at 12 degrees C + or - 2 degrees C in the automatic specimen chamber. The specimens are then sequentially injected into the analysis stream at 6.5 minute intervals for a throughput of 9 specimens per hour. Two dual-piston pumps and a preprogrammed gradient control the elution buffer mixture passing through the analytical cartridge. The ionic strength of the elution buffer mixture is increased by raising the percentage contribution of elution buffer 2. As the ionic strength of the mixture increases, more strongly retained hemoglobins will elute from the analytical cartridge.


A dual-wavelength filter photometer (415 and 690 nm) monitors the elution from the cartridge. As the hemoglobins elute from the cartridge and pass through the photometer flow cell, changes in absorbance at 415 nm are detected. The 690 nm secondary filter corrects the baseline for changes caused by the mixing of different ionic strength buffers. Changes in absorbance are monitored over time, producing a chromatogram. A built-in integrator performs reduction of the raw detector signal data collected from each analysis.


The elapsed time from the injection of the specimen to the apex of a hemoglobin peak is called the retention time. Each hemoglobin has a characteristic retention time. Windows are established from the most frequently occurring hemoglobins based on their characteristic retention time aid in the interpretation of results.(Kim, HC, Adachi K, Scwartz E: Separation of hemoglobins. In Williams Hematology. Fifth edition. Edited by E Beutler, MA Lichtman, S Coller, TJ Kipps. McGraw-Hill Inc, 1995, pp L37-L38; Ou CN, Buffone GJ, Reimer GL: High-performance liquid chromatography of human hemoglobins on a new cation exchange. J Chromatogr 1983;266:197-205)

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Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

Monday through Saturday; 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

Same day/1 day

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

2 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

7 days

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test