Full blood count (FBC)

Last updated: Friday, 04, June, 2010

The item number and fee shown are for Australia only. The fee is the Medicare Schedule Fee.
Laboratories may charge above this fee in some circumstances.

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Item Process

5 mL blood in EDTA.

2 mL blood in special paediatric EDTA tube.


Automated analysers provide haemoglobin, red cell count, packed cell volume, mean cell volume, mean cell haemoglobin, mean cell haemoglobin concentration, leucocyte count (white cell count), and platelet count as FBC.

Some haematology analysers also provide a leucocyte differential count and a number of derived parameters.
See also Red cell distribution width and Platelet indices.

A blood film will be examined if indicated from FBC results; see Blood film.

ApplicationSee individual test entries.
InterpretationSee individual test entries.