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Test ID: T3    
T3 (Triiodothyronine), Total, Serum

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Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

The instrument used is a Beckman Coulter DXI 800. The Access Total triiodothyronine (T3) assay is a competitive-binding immunoenzymatic assay. Sample is added to reaction vessel with a stripping agent to dissociate T3 from the binding proteins. T3 in the sample competes with the T3 analogue coupled to biotin for anti-T3 alkaline phosphatase conjugate. Of the resulting antigen: antibody complexes, the T3 analogue:antibody complexes are bound to the streptavidin-coated solid phase. Separation in a magnetic field and washing removes the sample T3:antibody complexes and other materials not bound to the solid phase. The chemiluminescent substrate Lumi-Phos 530 is added to the vessel and light generated by the reaction is measured with a luminometer. The light production is inversely proportional to the concentration of total T3 in the sample. The amount of analyte in the sample is determined from a stored, multipoint calibration curve.(Package insert: Beckman Coulter Ireland Inc, Fullerton, CA, 2009)

PDF Report Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information

No

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; 5 a.m.-12 a.m.

Saturday; 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

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.

Same day/1 day

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

3 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

14 days

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test

Rochester