The test is used to find the level of total thyroxine (T4), total triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the bloodstream. This test aids in assessing the function of the thyroid gland for any deviation.
Why get tested?
The thyroid test is undertaken to check the functioning of the thyroid gland in the body. It is done by taking blood samples to ascertain the levels of TriIodothyronine, Thyroxine, and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone being synthesized by the thyroid gland into the bloodstream.
The test is used to diagnose medical conditions related to the abnormal functioning of the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is present in the throat. The two most commonly occurring ailments pertaining to a dysfunctional thyroid gland are Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism. The symptoms associated with the improper functioning of the thyroid gland may include excessive weight loss, weight gain, profuse sweating, irregular heartbeat, constipation, chills, slow heart rate, and irritability.
What it measures?
The test measures the level of triiodothyronine hormone (T3), thyroxine hormone (T4), and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) in the body
This test includes
Thyroxine -Total (T4)
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
• The patients are advised to inform the doctor about any herbal or other medication that is being consumed by them.
• The doctor may advise the patient to fast before taking the test in some cases.