Lipid Particle Analysis

Testing at ARUP Laboratories

LipoFit by NMR

LipoFit by NMR is a competitive alternative to lipid particle analysis tests. High-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technology is used to measure a patient’s lipoprotein particle number and size.

When to order testing?

Lipid particle analysis testing may be useful to guide therapy in appropriate high- risk patients:

  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Elevated triglycerides

It is not recommended to routinely order lipid particle analysis as screening tests for cardiovascular disease.

Testing at ARUP Laboratories

Test Information


Test Name and Code Methodology Ordering Recommendations
LipoFit by NMR (2013716) Quantitative Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)/Quantitative Enzymatic Use in appropriate high-risk patients (eg, type 2 diabetes mellitus) in whom LDL particle number is being used to guide therapy. Not recommended for cardiovascular disease risk assessment in most individuals; preferred test is Lipid Panel (0020421).
LipoFit by NMR, Particle Count Only (2013715) Quantitative Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Use in appropriate high-risk patients (eg, type 2 diabetes mellitus) in whom LDL particle number is being used to guide therapy. Not recommended for cardiovascular disease risk assessment in most individuals; preferred test is Lipid Panel (0020421).

Benefits of Lipid Particle Analysis Testing at ARUP?

  • Testing performed seven days per week
  • Enhanced graphical reports available for both tests
  • Extended refrigerated specimen stability (stable 30 days) for ARUP test code 2013715

Ordering Information & Specimen Requirements

  • Please contact your hospital or reference laboratory to inquire about pricing, test-request forms, and billing for this test.
  • Patient preparation – Patient required to fast prior to specimen collection.
  • Specimen collection – Greiner Bio-One Clot Activator Tube (ARUP supply #54325) available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect™ or by contacting ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787. Also acceptable: Plain Red.
  • Transport temperature – Refrigerated

Additional Resources

ARUP Consult

References

1. CDC Heart Disease Facts www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm (accessed on July 7, 2017).
2. Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) Traditional Risk Markers—Cardiovascular Disease Risk Markers (Traditional) www.arupconsult.com (accessed on August 8, 2017).
3. Low-density lipoprotein particle number and risk for cardiovascular disease. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15296705 (accessed on July 7, 2017).