MyHealthTest has today added a new thyroid blood test to its home-based pathology testing service.
This new blood test service measures the amount of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood.
The test is most commonly used to diagnose an under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) or to monitor medication levels in the treatment of thyroid disorders, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
One in 20 living with thyroid conditions
About one in 20 people will experience a thyroid condition in their lifetime. According to Medicare, more than five million TSH tests are performed every year.
Thyroid problems are most common in women, with about 10 percent of all women and up to 25 percent of women over 65 affected.
New tests help to monitor, detect and manage chronic disease
MyHealthTest General Manager Dr Nick Cerneaz said the introduction of the Thyroid TSH Test Service was an exciting step for MyHealthTest as it expanded its services to enable individuals to monitor, detect and manage chronic disease.
MyHealthTest offers fingerprick blood testing, which requires only a few spots of blood which are placed onto a special collection card that’s mailed back to its Australian pathology laboratory. Individuals then receive their results via a secure website. These can be electronically shared with healthcare professionals.
The fingerprick blood testing service is a convenient at-home alternative to having whole blood taken at a local pathology centre.
This method of dried blood spot sampling has been extensively validated and is comparable to testing with traditional blood samples.
The Thyroid Test service is available from today (28 November 2017) via the MyHealthTest online store.