Laboratory Assessment of Thyroid Function (Online CE Course)

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Jack A. Maggiore, PhD, MT(ASCP)
Reviewer: Lisa Dewey, MT(ASCP)

The material presented in this course is intended to explain the role of the laboratory in diagnosing thyroid conditions/diseases and in determining the effectiveness of thyroid treatment. The basic biochemistry of the thyroid hormones and the feedback mechanism between the thyroid and pituitary will be discussed, as well as thyroid disorders and the assays used to assess thyroid function.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 2 hour(s)
Course number 578-043-16, approved through 4/30/2018
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Clinical Chemistry/UA/Toxicology): 2 hour(s)
Course number 20-547751, approved through 9/1/2018

Objectives

  • Recall the basic biochemistry of the thyroid hormones.
  • Describe the basic feedback mechanism between the thyroid and pituitary.
  • Identify the classic symptoms of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
  • List the assays used to assess thyroid function.
  • Explain the role of the laboratory in determining the effectiveness of thyroid treatments.

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Course Outline

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  • Introduction
      • Thyroid Gland
  • Thyroid Anatomy and Histology
      • Overview of the Anatomy of the Thyroid Gland
    • Thyroid Gland: Location
    • Thyroid Gland: Structure
      • Structure of the Thyroid Gland
      • Which statement is true regarding the thyroid?
    • Thyroid Gland: Histological Features
      • Histological Features of the Thyroid Gland
  • Thyroid Function
  • Biochemistry of Thyroid Hormones
  • Endocrinological Relationships
  • Disorders of the Thyroid Gland
  • Laboratory Analysis of Thyroid Markers
      • Analytical Methods for Thyroid Hormone Measurement
    • TSH
      • Analysis of Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
      • Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) Screening Recommendations
    • Hormones Produced by the Thyroid Gland
    • Reverse T3
      • Analysis of Reverse T3 (RT3)
    • T-Uptake
      • Historical Assessment of T-Uptake
    • Free Thyroxine Index
    • Thyroglobulin
      • Analysis of Thyroglobulin (Tg)
    • Thyroglobulin Antibody (TgAb)
      • Analysis of Thyroglobulin Antibody (TgAb)
    • Thyroperoxidase Antibody (TPOAb)
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic

Intended Audience: Medical laboratory scientists, Medical technologists, and medical technicians seeking review, cross-training, or continuing education opportunities; clinical laboratory science students, medical students, and pathology residents.

Author Information: Jack A. Maggiore, PhD, MT(ASCP) serves as the Assistant Laboratory Director of Chemistry and is Head of Research and Development at Doctor's Data, Inc. in Saint Charles, Illinois. Dr. Maggiore is a medical technologist, certified by the ASCP, with a Master of Science in Clinical Chemistry and Doctorate in Pathology from the University of Illinois. His expertise includes clinical instrumentation, method development and validation, quality assurance, medical device clinical trials, and scientific regulatory affairs. His clinical research interests include development of novel biomarkers for chronic diseases using blood spots and other non-conventional samples. Dr. Maggiore holds several medical device patents, has authored more than fifty peer-reviewed and invited publications and textbook chapters, and has presented his research findings at international scientific society meetings. Dr. Maggiore's mission is to work with health care professionals to empower consumers to take a more active role in their health maintenance.

Reviewer information: Lisa Dewey, MT(ASCP) is the Quality Manager at Doctor's Data, Inc. and has been a medical technologist since 1990. She obtained a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Lisa has experience working in various specialties in hospital and clinic laboratories, research & development, laboratory management, and a commercial laboratory specializing in dried blood spot testing.

Course description: The material presented in this course is intended to explain the role of the laboratory in diagnosing thyroid conditions/diseases and in determining the effectiveness of thyroid treatment. The basic biochemistry of the thyroid hormones and the feedback mechanism between the thyroid and pituitary will be discussed, as well as thyroid disorders and the assays used to assess thyroid function.

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