Specimen Requirements


Hepatitis B Surface AB, (Quantitative) Titer

Specimen Requirement

1 mL serum or plasma, collect SST, red top or lavender EDTA. If tube other than a SST is used, transfer separated serum or plasma to a plastic transport tube and indicate specimen type on the tube.


Immunochemiluminometric assay (ICMA)


Room temp: 14 days, Refrigerated: 14 days, Frozen: 14 days

Reference Range

By Report*


1-2 days

Clinical Use

This test is useful for quantitative (i.e. titer) evaluation of possible immunity in individuals who are at increased risk for exposure to hepatitis B (i.e. hemodialysis unit personnel, venipuncturists, etc.). This test can be used to evaluate the need for hepatitis B immune globulin after needlestick injury, to evaluate the need for hepatitis B vaccine and to follow immune status after hepatitis B vaccination.

Test Code