CACMLE Chemistry & Urinalysis Courses

233-Online: Thyroid Functions, Tests, and Diseases


Contact Hours (Points): 5

Clinical assessment of thyroid function has changed dramatically over the past two decades. The clinical laboratory has been an integral part of this change by improving the performance of its assays. In addition, many laboratories have added several new immunoassays to measure serum antibodies and provided clinicians with shorter turn-around-times for laboratory tests, 24 hours-7- days per week testing, and a knowledgeable technical staff to ensure quality laboratory results for their patients.

The goal of this course is to facilitate the participants understanding of the clinical usefulness of thyroid function tests commonly measured in the laboratory. Details of the analytical performance characteristics of selected tests will be included. Medical criteria available for the assessment of patients is presented and reinforced with several patient cases.

Buy This Course At Our Store Site

Product Description

Thyroid Functions, Tests, and Diseases

Self-Study 233 – Basic to Intermediate Level

Contact Hours (Points): 5

Written by Robert L. Sunheimer, MS, MT(ASCP)SCCM, SLSCM, NRCC-CC

Published 2012.

Upon completion of this self-study course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomical features and functions of a thyroid gland.
  2. Predict the serum levels of selected thyroid function tests for a given condition or disease.
  3. Compare signs and symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
  4. Describe the clinical and pathological characteristics of, and testing for the following: Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroidism), Subacute thyroiditis, Grave’s disease, Nonthyroidal illness, Congenital hypothyroidism, Subclinical hypothyroidism, Thyroid function in pregnancy, Hypothyroidism in menopause and postmenopausal, Diffuse nontoxic goiter, Nontoxic multinodular goiter, Toxic multinodular goiter, Hyperfuntioning solitary nodule, TSH-producing adenoma, Well-differentiated thyroid cancer, Undifferentiated thyroid carcinoma, Medullary thyroid carcinoma
  5. Identify at least one clinical use for each thyroid function test listed below: Calcitonin, Reverse triiodothyronine, Thyroglobulin, Thyroglobulin autoantibodies, Thyroid peroxidase antibodies, Thyrotropin (Thyroid stimulating hormone), Thyroxine (tetraiodothyronine), Thyroxine – Free, Thyroxine – Free Index, Thyroxine-binding globulin, Triiodothyronine – Free, Triiodothyronine – Total, Triiodothyronine uptake test

Online – 233: Course Taken Online: $ 60.00 BUY NOW

IMPORTANT: This online course is accessible using the following:

Desktop or Laptop Computer – Download the latest Adobe Reader program.

Kindle Fire – No additional App download is necessary.

Apple iPad (all versions) / Nook / Kindle – Recommend purchase of a PDF Reader App, such as GoodReader, Cloudreaders, or Stanza by Amazon. Once downloaded, launch this App to access the course online site in order to logon to and view your course.

Here’s what satisfied customers say~

“I learned more than I already know.”
~Jessica S.

“Clarified many aspects of lab testing in this subject.”
~Pedro C.

“Good presentation. Easy to understand.”
~Linda L.

SECTION I: Thyroid Gland
Anatomy, Synthesis, Transport, and Metabolism, Calcitonin, Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis, Physiological Effects of Thyroid Hormone 11
SECTION II: Thyroid Disorders
Introduction, Reference Intervals, Hypothyroidism, Autoimmune Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Congenital Hypothyroidism, Laboratory Evaluation of Hypothyroidism, Other Causes of Hypothyroidism, Thyrotoxicosis, Thyroiditis, Subacute Thyroiditis, Other Causes of Thyrotoxicosis, Nonthyroidal Illness, Thyroid Function in Pregnancy, Changes in Thyroid Physiology in Menopause and Postmenopausal Women, Goiter, Diffuse Nontoxic Goiter, Nontoxic Multinodular Goiter, Toxic Multinodular Goiter, Hyperfunctioning Solitary Nodule, Thyroid Neoplasm, Well-differentiated Thyroid Cancer, Undifferentiated (anaplastic) Carcinomas, Other Malignancies, Laboratory Tests for Thyroid Cancer
SECTION III: Thyroid Function Tests
Introduction, Types of Thyroid Tests, Competitive Immunoassays, Noncompetitive immunoassays, Select Assay Parameters, Limitations, Monoclonal and Polyclonal Antibodies, Specificity, Assay Sensitivity, Effects of Drugs on Thyroid Tests, Thyroid Function Tests, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, Total Thyroxine, Total Triiodothyronine, Reverse Triiodothyronine, Free Thyroxine and Free Triiodothyronine, Equilibrium vs. Direct Assays, T3 Uptake and Thyroid Hormone-Binding Ratio, Thyroxine/Thyroxine Binding Ratio, Thyroglobulin, Thyroglobulin Antibodies, Thyroperoxidase Antibody, Thyrotropin-Receptor Antibodies, Calcitonin, Non-Laboratory Diagnostic Tests
Thyroid Uptake of Radioactive Compounds, TSH Stimulation Test, Fine Needle Aspirate Biopsy, Thyroid Ultrasound
SECTION IV: Case Studies
Introduction, Case #1 Grave’s Disease, Case #2 Addison’s Disease Associated with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Case #3 Thyroid lymphoma associated with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Case #4 Hyperthyroidism secondary to pituitary adenoma, Thyroid-Related Antibodies

Share this!