Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference
The Vitros N-terminal telopeptide (NTx) assay is a competitive immunoassay technique, which depends on competition between NTx in the sample with a synthetic NTx peptide coated on the wells, for binding by a horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-labeled antibody conjugate (mouse monoclonal anti-NTx). The conjugate is captured by the peptide coated on the wells and unbound materials are removed by washing.
A reagent containing luminogenic substrates (a luminol derivative and a peracid salt) and an electron transfer agent (a substituted acetanilide) are added to the wells. The HRP in the bound conjugate catalyzes the oxidation of the luminol derivative, producing light. The electron transfer agent increases the level of light produced and prolongs the duration of light produced. The light signals are read by the Vitros System. The amount of HRP conjugate bound is inversely proportional to the concentration of NTx in the sample. Assay values are corrected for urinary dilution by urinary creatinine analysis and expressed in nanomoles bone collagen equivalents per liter (nM BCE/L) per millimole creatinine per liter (mM creatinine/L).(Vitros Instructions for Use, N-Telopeptide. Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. version 1.0; 100 Indigo Creek Drive, Rochester, NY 14626-1501 version 2.16/30/12)
Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.
Monday through Friday, varies
Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.
Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result
Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded
Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test