Multicenter analytical evaluation of a high-sensitivity troponin T assay

Clin Chim Acta. 2011 Apr 11;412(9-10):748-54. doi: 10.1016/j.cca.2010.12.034. Epub 2011 Jan 8.


Background: High-sensitivity cardiac troponin assays are being introduced clinically for earlier diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We evaluated the analytical performance of a high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T assay (hscTnT, Roche Diagnostics) in a multicenter, international trial.

Methods: Three US and 5 European sites evaluated hscTnT on the Modular® Analytics E170, cobas® 6000, Elecsys 2010, and cobas® e 411. Precision, accuracy, reportable range, an inter-laboratory comparison trial, and the 99th percentile of a reference population were assessed.

Results: Total imprecision (CVs) were 4.6-36.8% between 3.4 and 10.3 ng/L hscTnT. Assay linearity was up to 10,000 ng/L and the limit of blank and detection were 3 and 5 ng/L, respectively. The 99th percentile reference limit was 14.2 ng/L (n=533). No significant differences between specimen types, assay incubation time, or reagent lots existed. A substantial positive bias (76%) exists between the 4th generation and hscTnT assays at the low end of the measuring range (<50 ng/L). hscTnT serum pool concentrations were within 2SD limits of the mean of means in the comparison trial, indicating comparable results across multiple platforms and laboratories.

Conclusion: The Roche hscTnT assay conforms to guideline precision requirements and will likely identify additional patients with myocardial injury suspicious for AMI.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoassay / methods*
  • Immunoassay / standards
  • Internationality
  • Laboratories
  • Limit of Detection
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Reference Values
  • Troponin T / blood*
  • Troponin T / immunology
  • Young Adult


  • Troponin T