Check the level of the Thyroid Stimulating Hormone – TSH – in blood to verify a thyroid physiological alteration.
The TSH screening should be performed yearly by women from 35 to 64 years-old with healthy lifestyle.
WHY SHOULD I PERFORM THE TEST?
The TSH level in blood gives an indication of the physiological condition of the thyroid. TSH, which is secreted by pituitary, regulates and controls the activity of the thyroid gland. Therefore, a raised TSH level indicates an under active thyroid and this is the principle on which the Thyroid Test is based for the detection of the hypothyroidism condition. Checking the normality of the TSH value is a very good tool for verifying thyroid health status and eventually taking the required preventive actions. In case of cancer, early detection and prevention can be life saving.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The test is based on an immunochromatographic reaction correlated to the reference laboratory test. The cut-off is calibrated at 5 µIU/mL according to the international standard.