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Test ID NMRLP Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Lipoprotein Profile, Serum

Specimen Required

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation:

1. Fasting overnight (12-14 hours) is required. On night before examination, evening meal should be eaten before 6 p.m. and should contain no fatty foods.

2. Patient must not consume any alcohol for 24 hours before the specimen is collected.

Collection Container/Tube: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1.5 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Allow isopropyl alcohol (from phlebotomy site prep) to dry thoroughly before venipuncture.

2. Centrifuge and aliquot serum.

Useful For

Assessment and management of a patient's risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease


Identifying residual risk that may be present in some patients on cholesterol targeting treatment

Method Name

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Reporting Name

NMR Lipoprotein Profile, S

Specimen Type

Serum Red

Specimen Minimum Volume

1 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Red Refrigerated (preferred) 7 days
  Frozen  14 days
  Ambient  8 hours

Reference Values

≥18 years:


LDL Particles:

Desirable: <1,000 nmol/L

Above Desirable: 1,000-1,299 nmol/L

Borderline high: 1,300-1,599 nmol/L

High: 1,600-2,000 nmol/L

Very high: ≥2,000 nmol/L


HDL Particles:

Male: >30 mcmol/L

Female: >35 mcmol/L


LDL Cholesterol (NMR):

Desirable: <100 mg/dL

Above Desirable: 100-129 mg/dL

Borderline high: 130-159 mg/dL

High: 160-189 mg/dL

Very high: ≥190 mg/dL


Reference values have not been established for patients who are <18 years of age.

Day(s) Performed

Tuesday and Friday

Report Available

2 to 7 days

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
NMRLP NMR Lipoprotein Profile, S In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
606167 LDL Particles, S 54434-6
606168 HDL Particles, S 49748-7
606169 LDL Cholesterol (NMR), S 2089-1


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Cardiovascular Test Request Form (T724) with the specimen.