Test Overview of Lipid Panel

Primary screening test given to new patients and annually thereafter.

Test Indications of Lipid Panel

  • New patient.
  • Annual physical.

Sample Collection for Lipid Panel

  1. Patient should not eat or drink anything except water for 8 to 12 hours prior to blood sample collection.
  2. Sample to lab consists of one refrigerated unopened spun barrier tube.
  3. Spin sample within 45 minutes of collection; be sure barrier forms a complete separation.

Your doctor or lab may have different instructions that supersede the above.

CPT CODES for Lipid Panel

83718 HDL only.

Labs Performing Lipid Panel Test

Name of LabLab CodeEstimated CostProcessing TimeComments
SonoraQuest 1877 1 day 
SonoraQuest 2030 1 dayHDL Only

Costs cited are subject to change and may be reduced by insurance or cash discounts and increased by sample collection fees.

Theory of Lipid Panel

Cholesterol, Total

HDL (High-density Lipoprotein)

LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein)

VLDL (Very Low-density Lipoprotein)


Ratio Cholesterol/HDL


References regarding Lipid Panel

Unless specifically noted above, references used in the construction of this web page include the following:

[FDM] Lecture notes from Functional Medicine University.

[SCNM] Lecture notes from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

[UT] Lecture notes from the University of Tennessee graduate programs in Chemistry, Microbiology, and Biochemistry.