Laboratory tests of thyroid function: uses and limitations

Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2007 Sep;36(3):579-94, v. doi: 10.1016/j.ecl.2007.04.003.


Laboratory tests are the most commonly used aids in the diagnosis and monitoring of individuals who have thyroid disease. This article briefly summarizes the common methods of laboratory testing relating to thyroid disease and discusses specific information for individual tests on methods of analysis, their limitations, and situations where caution should be used in interpreting the results of thyroid tests.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Calcitonin / blood
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques* / standards
  • Humans
  • Thyroid Function Tests* / standards
  • Thyrotropin / blood
  • Thyroxine / blood
  • Triiodothyronine / blood


  • Triiodothyronine
  • Thyrotropin
  • Calcitonin
  • Thyroxine