Laboratory Assessment of Thyroid Function (Online CE Course)

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

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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)
Approved through 3/31/2022
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Clinical Chemistry/UA/Toxicology): 2 hour(s)
Approved through 9/1/2022

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
      • Locating the Thyroid Gland
    • 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
      • An Overview of Thyroid Function
    • Thyroid's Roles in Metabolism and Metabolic rate
      • Metabolism and Metabolic Rate
    • Other Endocrine Roles
  • Biochemistry of Thyroid Hormones
  • Endocrinological Relationships
      • The Thyroid Gland's Relationship within the Endocrine System
    • Pituitary Gland
      • The Pituitary Gland and Regulation of Thyroid Function
      • Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH) - Thyrotropin
    • Hypothalamus
    • Parathyroid Glands
      • Parathyroid Glands in Relation to the Thyroid
  • 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
    • Free Thyroxine Index
      • Historical Estimation of the Free Thyroxine Index (FTI)
    • Thyroglobulin
      • Analysis of Thyroglobulin (Tg)
    • Thyroglobulin Antibody (TgAb)
    • Thyroperoxidase Antibody (TPOAb)
      • Analysis of Thyroperoxidase Antibody (TPOAb)
      • The sensitivity of thyroid function testing has improved through the development of immunoassay methods with enhanced detection capabilities.
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • 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.

How to Subscribe
MLS & MLT Comprehensive CE Package
Includes 136 CE courses, most popular
$95Add to cart
Pick Your Courses
Up to 8 CE hours
$50Add to cart
Individual course$20Add to cart
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